Author Archives: Spencer Rand

Do I have to worry about my healthcare because the House passed a Trumpcare bill?

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a law seeking to end part of Affordable Care Act health insurance, often called Obamacare, and replace it with the Affordable Health Care Act, often called Trumpcare.  How does this affect you? For the present, it does not affect your health insurance but it may affect it substantially.  For … Continue reading

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Clinic Success Stories–Sometimes, It Takes Years!

Our mission is to help people with their legal issues no matter what it takes.  Sometimes, it takes years!  We recently completed work we began 6 years ago to help a woman obtain SSI benefits for her disabilities.  Despite her struggles with HIV, mental illness, and eventually with cancer, we needed to represent this client … Continue reading

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What happens to my children if I die or become very sick?

If you have young children, you may worry about what will happen to them if you become too sick to take care of them, or if you die. There are steps you can take to make sure your children are taken care of by someone you know and trust. However, you must fill out some … Continue reading

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Getting SSI or Social Security faster with stage 4 cancer or other very serious illnesses: asking for a Compassionate Allowance

You can get Social Security to decide your SSI or Social Security application more quickly if you convince Social Security to process your case as a “Compassionate Allowance” case.  If Social Security considers your case a Compassionate Allowance case, you do not win automatically—you still must prove that you have the condition and it impairs … Continue reading

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Students in Temple Legal Aid Community Lawyering Clinic Are Representing Clients and Bringing Our Services To The Community

Over the past 10 days, Temple Law students in the Community Lawyering Clinic at the Temple Legal Aid Office have represented four clients seeking disability benefits in federal hearings before administrative law judges.  In two of the cases, students in previous semesters had represented the clients in Federal District Court on written summary judgment motions … Continue reading

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Taking A Clinic To Find Your Public Interest Calling While Learning Skills

Sometimes lost in the discussion of why law school clinics have value is the clinic’s role in helping students develop their public interest calling and voice. Certainly, clinics are great places to learn practice skills and develop a professional identity—by lawyering under the supervision of an attorney, particularly in the intense setting of a clinic … Continue reading

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There Is Snow and Yes, We Are Open!

My students are probably tired of hearing me talk about how lawyering was almost thirty years ago, when lawyers were lawyers and did not let snow or broken technology harness our lawyering.  In what I am sure they consider some of their most interesting classes (or maybe not!), I have described times when I did … Continue reading

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Bespoke Legal Services For The Poor

Over the past few years, the value of “bespoke” or personalized legal services has been challenged.  My experiences over the last few months suggest that there is a real place for these individualized services and that projects that ask people to navigate the legal system with little help from an attorney can be dehumanizing and … Continue reading

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Watching Low-income Pennsylvanians and Medicaid Expansion

News today that Pennsylvania is withdrawing its Healthy PA Medical Assistance (Medicaid) plan for what should be a much more comprehensive and simpler Medicaid Expansion should be welcome news for the poor in Pennsylvania.  Since Healthy PA was implemented, our Legal Aid office has been receiving calls about it from clients describing ways it was … Continue reading

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Summer Reading on Empathy

My students get tired of hearing me saying that lawyering is all about empathy. (See, at least I understand my students’ feelings!) A lawyer cannot practice effectively without understanding their clients’ situations from their clients’ points of view, recognizing their clients’ emotions to the extent they play a role in their legal decision making, identifying … Continue reading

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