The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free high-quality legal services to low-income people with physical disabilities and to the deaf and hard of hearing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania.
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Tom Bednar, Elizabeth Oquendo, and Theresa Brabson, attended the three day Gimbel Advocacy Training for public interest attorneys in October at Rutgers-Camden School of Law. The training, in its inaugural year, was started by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. The program provided training in trial advocacy skills such as openings, closings, direct and cross examinations, use of exhibits, refreshing recollection of witnesses and impeachment of witnesses. The three days proved to be incredibly valuable and all three attorneys learned invaluable trial skills that they will be able to utilize immediately in their own practice.
Tomas highlights how important it is for cancer patients to consider drafting advanced planning documents such as powers of attorney and healthcare powers of attorney. The symptoms caused by cancer as well as those experienced from its treatment can seriously undermine a patient's ability to make their own decisions and plan for the future. Tomas explains how advanced planning documents can mitigate the impact that these symptoms can have on a patient's planning and allow for peace of mind in an otherwise trying time. Read the post here.
LCD attorneys Sherry Thomas and Ben Beck-Coon were interviewed on the Northwest Soapbox, a program of G-Town Radio, about LCD and the MLP services available at Abbottsford Falls Family Practice and Counseling in Germantown. Abbottsford Falls is one of three nurse-managed health clinics in the Family Practice and Counseling Network where LCD provides onsite attorneys through the MLP. Listen to the interview here.
On Tuesday September 24, 2013, LCD Staff Attorneys Elizabeth Oquendo and Eileen Carroll presented a training to Social Work staff at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children on Law and Ethics. Social Workers were trained on the medical-legal partnership (MLP) model of delivering legal services in the healthcare setting and the ethical issues that arise for both professions when working as part of an interdisciplinary team. Approximately 12 social workers attended the training, which was approved for continuing education credit.
Angela, a mother of a 2 year old asthmatic child came to PhilaKids MLP at St. Christopher’s asking for help remedying their unsafe housing condition. There was mold growing on the ceiling due to multiple roof leaks, and although they regularly brought their daughter in for doctors’ visits and were compliant with her medication schedule, the little girl still suffered from wheezing and asthma attacks.