The AIDS Legal Project provides free confidential legal representation to low-income HIV-infected clients with legal problems relating to their diagnosis. Legal assistance is provided by law students working under the supervision of attorneys.
Because of limited resources, the AIDS Legal Project cannot accept all cases. We handle cases in the following areas:
- Guardianship Planning for families with children.
- Public Benefits, including Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicaid
- Powers of attorney and wills
- Discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations
We do not provide representation in the following kinds of cases:
- Custody and visitation
- Worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, and personal injury
Our clients are primarily low-income HIV-infected individuals who come to the Triangle for medical care. Students can meet with clients at their area medical appointments or at Duke Law School.
Client Informational Brochures
In addition to direct legal services, we regularly conduct workshops and training throughout the state for HIV/AIDS clients and their caregivers (case managers, health care providers, social workers, friends and family members), on their legal rights. The AIDS Legal Project also provides training to lawyers interested in providing legal assistance to HIV/AIDS clients. In addition, we respond to regular phone calls from case managers, social workers, attorneys and health care providers, requesting information about the legal rights of their HIV infected patients.
To Request Services
Interested persons may call us at (919) 613-7169 or toll free at (888) 600-7274. We also welcome referrals from case managers, health care providers, and other agencies. Because of limited resources, the AIDS Legal Project cannot accept all cases.