Monthly Archives: July 2013

Consortium Summer Workshop: Student Perspectives on the First Year of the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors

Sean Pan, 3L

Amanda Hamilton, 3L

About the Event:
The Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS) is a unique clinical partnership between UC Hastings and UCSF that provides free legal assistance to low income elderly patients of UCSF Medical Center.  Legal services are provided by law students enrolled in a course at UC Hastings, who work under the supervision of law faculty.   The legal team works closely with the UCSF medical providers to provide "whole person" legal and health care that promotes the dignity, autonomy, and well-being of low income elderly patients.  

The MLPS was launched in 2012 and has just concluded its first full year.  Students will present on their experience in the clinic working alongside medical providers on behalf of elderly clients.

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP here by Monday, July 22nd. 

Consortium Summer Workshop: The Comorbidity of Criminal Law and Psychiatry at the Costa County Mental Health Court

Jessica Cooper will lead a Consortium Summer Workshop on her current research examining the confluence of criminal law and psychiatry in the Costa County Mental Health Court (CCMHC), a nonadversarial, problem-solving, criminal court that adjudicates only mentally ill offenders. As a result of participation in the CCMHC, offenders gain access to mental health care treatment in place of incarceration. Her paper examines the daily operations  of the CCMHC through a six-month ethnographic study. Here, she argues that the commensuration of legal and psychiatric truth claims results in a unique form of adjudication that offers the state novel avenues of intervention in the lives of participants.  

About the Speaker:
Jessica Cooper is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University. Her research investigates the connections between medical and legal domains the United States, particularly through the examination of the criminal adjudication of the mentally ill. She hopes to use this site as a way of exploring both criminal law and health policy innovations for distributing health care and to examine the implications for individuals’ relationships to the state. Prior to her work at Princeton, Jessica received a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.A. in the Social Sciences, with an emphasis in Anthropology, from the University of Chicago.