Clinical Fellowship in the Mental Health Justice Clinic

About the Fellowship

About the Clinic

MHJC is a semester-long, in-house clinic in which students represent individuals with mental disabilities in litigation under mental health, civil rights, and administrative laws in addition to engaging in policy advocacy and other non-litigation matters on mental health issues.

Illustrative cases include representation of individual seeking state disability benefits in initial applications, administrative appeal, and judicial review in state court; representation of individuals subject to civil commitment, involuntary mediation, and conservatorship proceedings in probate court; and representation of a local organization seeking policy changes on community-based mental health services. Students also engage in advocacy on topics around evidence-based substance use and mental health policies in the family regulation and prison systems.

The principal supervisor for the position will be Professor Marisol Orihuela.