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Medical-Legal Partnership Making a Difference in the Lives of LA County’s Most Vulnerable

By Johanna Bloomfield, Senior Attorney I rejoined Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) last spring as it began a new partnership led by Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLS) designed to serve some of our County’s most vulnerable, often homeless, residents by integrating legal services into the provision of health care. It is an innovative […]

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When the System Fails, Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?

While the focus of my Irmas Fellowship project is young children, I have also been fortunate to participate in a community-based partnership that enables me to provide much needed advocacy when the systems have failed older students. This part of my fellowship, LawWorks, is a school/legal partnership with Learning Works, a charter school serving disenfranchised […]

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Advocating For Students As They Begin Their Educational Journey

By Nicolas Muñoz, USC Gould Irmas Legal Fellow I have the honor of being a USC Gould School of Law Irmas Fellow at Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS). The focus of my Irmas Fellowship project is advocacy for the educational success of children, particularly young children, with serious mental health disabilities. I do this […]

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Expanding Our AmeriCorps Reach

Upon graduating from law school, I had the pleasure of working as an AmeriCorps Fellow in the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps program in Watsonville, California. I valued the experience working within a farming community, advocating to remove legal barriers to employment, including assisting with record clearance remedies, enforcing consumer protections that mandate fair criminal re...

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When it Seems Unjust, You Have to Do Something

Public interest law provides all kinds of opportunities to do research and training, but the experience that really showed me the power and importance of public interest work was when a woman called in seeking help with troublesome neighbors. Through counseling the client on her fair housing rights, we found out that she had had […]

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LawWorks – MHAS’ Innovative School-Legal Partnership with Learning Works Charter School

By Cynthia Huynh, Berkeley Law School Public Interest Fellow  Often times, advocates forget that our role is more than crafting the most persuasive argument; perhaps an equally important objective is to support the client in finding her own voice so that, long after we have closed her file, she continues being her own life-long advocate. I […]

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Legal Aid for Veterans Project Renewed

It has been an exciting year working as an AmeriCorps fellow starting a new project with MHAS working with veterans. There have been challenges and victories along the way and I have learned invaluable lessons on client management and effective advocacy. Perhaps one of the most important things I have learned is how a seemingly […]

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MHAS Internship Lays Foundation for Career Goals by Colleen Smythe

Guest post by Colleen Smythe, law student at University of Michigan, who participated in MHAS’ summer internship program. Student interns’ activities include conducting client intake interviews, drafting SSI appeal briefs, assisting veterans to resolve warrant and ticket issues, and doing research and advocacy in special education and fair housing. My summer internship at MHAS was […]

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Learning that the Practice of Law is More than Casebooks, by April Hua

Guest post by April Hua, law student at Harvard Law School, who participated in MHAS’ summer internship program. Student interns’ activities include conducting client intake interviews, drafting SSI appeal briefs, assisting veterans to resolve warrant and ticket issues, and doing research and advocacy in special education and fair housing. After a brief training session on the […]

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Classroom Learning in Action – My Summer Internship, by Gwen Holst

Guest post by Gwen Holst, law student at UCLA Law School, who participated in MHAS’ summer internship program. Student interns’ activities include conducting client intake interviews, drafting SSI appeal briefs, assisting veterans to resolve warrant and ticket issues, and doing research and advocacy in special education and fair housing. My first glimpse into MHAS was […]

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