Health Rights Clinic

The Health Rights Clinic is a medical legal partnership operated in collaboration with the UM Miller School of Medicine. Students participating in the Health Rights Clinic represent multiple clients in different legal matters related to health.

HRC Overview

Under the guidance of Director JoNel Newman and Associate Director Melissa Swain, clinic students spend the academic year representing low income patients of the Comprehensive AIDS Program, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Batchelor Children’s Research Institute, Mailman Center for Child Development, Jackson Hospital and other medical partners.

Law students function as the client's primary advocate and conduct client intakes/ interviews, conduct legal research, file legal pleadings and legal documents, develop case strategies and theories, and provide representation in administrative hearings and court. Representation is focused on social secuirty/public benefits and immigration.

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Clinic Priority Areas

Social Security / Public Benefits

Students provide legal services in Social Security and other public benefits cases. Students represent clients obtaining Medicaid and other insurance. Many students file appeals and/or appear in federal administrative court.


Students represent health impaired clients in immigration related matters. Specifically, students file applications and regularly appear before the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of our clients seeking U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency.

Prospective Students

The Health Rights Clinic is ideal for students who are ready to: represent real clients in real cases, work collaboratively with health care professionals to help clients, make a difference in people’s lives with Social Security Disability Hearings, Immigration cases, Medical/Food Security cases, and help people with disabilities including HIV/AIDS.

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Health Rights Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Dr., Room F303
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Main Number: 305-284-3951
Fax: 305-284-6407
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