Hospital Dumping

Posted: June 3, 2009 in Justice


Today was really interesting. I rode the L.A. subway. Until recently, I didn’t even know L.A. had a subway. It is very clean and very efficient, but it doesn’t go to THAT many places, so it isn’t much use to me on a regular basis. We rode the subway to hear the California Supreme Court in session downtown. It was interesting to listen in on the oral arguments, and it was really weird to sort of know what they were talking about. The more well-known case involved the tort of commerical appropriation, which believe it or not is something I had a little bit of an opinion on. The case involved the label from Taster’s Choice coffee (you can read the article HERE).

But the most interesting part of each day has been the training sessions. Public Counsel is involved in such tragically fascinating work, and I am honored to be a small part of it this summer. Probably the most interesting presentation today involved Public Counsel’s work in regard to “hospital dumping.” The easiest way to explain it is to let you watch the CNN spot from a couple years back when this was just starting. Just after the 3:00 mark you can see our supervising attorney, David, talking with his client.

Thankfully, organizations like Public Counsel and the ACLU are there and willing to take up cases like these. If they weren’t there, well, it doesn’t make for sweet dreams to think about it.


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