Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic

About MLPS

In the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic (MLPS), UC Hastings students develop key lawyering skills through representation of low-income older adult patients of UCSF and VA medical clinics. Students provide wrap-around representation in legal issues including advance health care planning, estate planning, public benefits (in-home care, medical insurance, income supports), housing, and other matters as needed to stabilize the patient’s situation, reduce stress, and improve health outcomes. Students meet with patients at an outpatient medical clinic and in their homes and collaborate directly with medical providers.
Troya Kao High Res1Over the course of the semester, students work with multiple clients from start to finish and learn about the complex intersection of law and health, the implications for an aging population, and the role of lawyers in combating poverty and health disparities. Students develop skills in interviewing, counseling, critical thinking, document drafting, project management, interdisciplinary collaboration, and “whole person” lawyering. Weekly seminar sessions enable students to reflect on their experiences representing low-income older adults, practice their lawyering skills, and deepen their understanding of socio-legal determinants of health.








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Yvonne Troya, JD
Clinical Professor of Law
Legal Director, Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS)
Office Location:  100 McAllister St., Suite 300

Sarah Hooper, JD
Adjunct Professor of Law, Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS)
Executive Director of Programs of UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy

Sara Huffman, JD
Equal Justice Works Fellow, Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS)

Carolyn Welty, MD
Medical Director, Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS)

Helen Kao, MD
Medical Director, UCSF Geriatric Clinical Programs