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Metropolitan Human Services District - General Counsel's Office

Field Placement Supervisor
Steven J. Farber
Deputy Director/General Counsel

Field Placement Office
3100 General DeGaulle Drive
New Orleans, LA 70114

Field Placement Website

Description of Field Work
MHSD is the local government entity responsible for developing, supporting, and sustaining vulnerable residents in Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes. The agency serves as the single point of entry to mental health, addiction and intellectual/developmental disability services for adults and children. Externs with the General Counsel's office of this agency will assist MHSD attorneys representing the agency's interests and offering legal advice. The majority of the office's work involves labor and employment issues involving the agency's civil service employees as well as transactional work centered on reviewing contracts with the agency's service providers. Externs will also have an opportunity to assist with matters directly related to health law, such as HIPPA compliance and eligibility determinations.

Externship Requirements
Students interested in labor & employment law, health law, and/or transactional work are encouraged to apply. 

Course recommendations:
Students may want to "tether" a doctrinal upper level elective to this externship experience.  For a tethered experience, the Office of Skills and Experiential Learning recommends  students enroll in any of following courses the same semester as enrolled in this externship:  Administrative Law, Employment Law, Health Law I or II, . 

Application Process
Students should email Prof. Linares at with a resume and cover letter addressed to Steven Farber and should also submit the externship application form available on the externship homepage.

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