Students assume responsibility for individual cases, which proceed start-to-finish within a semester from initial interview through counseling, fact investigation, and case planning to a negotiated settlement, final administrative hearing, or court trial. Students work in pairs. The practice areas are:
Health Cases (Social Security disability and In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) appeals):
Students will represent clients in Social Security disability hearings before federal administrative law judges (ALJs). These hearings include direct examination of the client and cross examination of medical and/or vocational experts. Receipt of these benefits is tremendously important for our clients’ lives—sometimes making the difference between stability and homelessness. In addition, students will represent clients in IHSS appeals before a state ALJ. These cases involve the client’s right to have in-home assistance with basic life activities such as bathing and meal preparation. For these clients, receipt of the appropriate level of benefits impacts their liberty – whether they can remain in the community independently housed or whether they will have to be institutionalized.
Employment Cases (Wage & Hour and Unemployment Insurance appeals):
In wage and hour cases, students will represent workers in state court cases to recover unpaid wages from their former employers. The clinic only handles cases in which the worker(s) won at the administrative hearing level below, and the employer appealed the decision to the Superior Court. Students will handle pretrial matters, possibly including discovery, through settlement or trial de novo. In addition, students will represent clients in unemployment insurance appeals. These cases involve hearings in front of a state ALJ.
Please check out these videos to see what Individual Representation students say about their experience: