Author: Kimya Forouzan (LAW '19)

The Community Lawyering Clinic: A Student Advocate’s Perspective

After I completed my first year at Temple Law, I wanted to experience different areas of the law to better understand my own career path. I spent my first summer in an internship doing policy work, after which I decided to also gain some experience providing direct services to clients. Being that my focus is on health law, I was immediately drawn to the Community Lawyering Clinic, operated from Temple’s Legal Aid Office. The clinic, taught by Professor Spencer Rand, serves individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses seeking representation in Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability hearings. Clinic students also draft life-planning documents for clients, such as wills, standby guardianship forms, power of attorney forms, and more. During the clinic, students are matched with a community organization through which they can do outreach. Depending on the organization, this outreach can take on a number of different forms. My community outreach site was Community Living Room, an organization providing psychiatric rehabilitation services for individuals living with HIV and a mental health diagnosis. During my time …

Feminist Judgments & The Future of Reproductive Justice

One of the most memorable moments in a typical 1L student’s constitutional law class is the discussion around Roe v. Wade and the Supreme Court’s treatment of the often controversial rights surrounding reproductive health and wellbeing. On November 13th, the students at Temple Law had the opportunity to hear directly from Sarah Weddington (lead counsel on Roe v. Wade) and Kathryn Kolbert (lead counsel on Planned Parenthood v. Casey). The panel, which also featured Professors Kim Mutcherson, Elizabeth Kukura, and David Cohen, focused on the questions presented by moderator Professor Kathryn Stanchi’s book Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinoins of the United States Supreme Court. The book poses the question “what would United States Supreme Court opinions look like if key decisions on gender issues were written with a feminist perspective?” It seeks to answer this question through a series of rewritten Supreme Court opinions on issues of gender, penned by scholars and lawyers. The panel began with Professor Kim Mutcherson, professor at Rutgers School of Law in Camden and author of the book’s rewritten Roe. Professor …