Our Services

The AIDS/HIV and Cancer 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.

Our Cases

Because of limited resources, AIDS/HIV and Cancer 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
  • Insurance
  • Discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations
  • Confidentiality

We do not provide representation in the following kinds of cases:

  • Criminal
  • Immigration
  • Bankruptcy
  • Custody and visitation
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, and personal injury

Our Clients

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

Community Education

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. AIDS/HIV and Cancer 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/HIV and Cancer Legal Project cannot accept all cases.

The staff and law students who give their time and expertise are to be commended for providing a much needed and completely unduplicated service.”

Jacquelyn M. Clymore, MS State AIDS/STD Director

Student hugging client

Policy Initiatives

The Duke AIDS Policy Project is a law school clinic focused on policy research and advocacy on issues of importance to people living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk. Under the supervision of attorneys Carolyn McAllaster and Allison Rice, students engage in policy research and advocacy with a primary focus on North Carolina.

See our initiatives


“The AIDS/HIV and Cancer Legal Project does not provide legal advice over the internet. The information on this web site is not legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation and jurisdiction. The information contained on this web site is not guaranteed to be up to date and cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your state.”