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Students Secure Long Awaited Disability Benefits for Clinic Client

Community Law Clinic students Blair Green ’15 and Jack Kider ’15, recently represented a client in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, in a claim for disability benefits.  Their client had been waiting for benefits for over five years, having previously been denied by the Social Security Administration multiple times including at a prior hearing.

Jack Kider '15 and Blair Green '15 outside the federal courthouse in San Jose following the hearing

Jack Kider ’15 and Blair Green ’15 outside the federal courthouse in San Jose following the hearing.

After developing new evidence of their client’s impairments, the students presented a new theory of the case, arguing that their client was entitled to disability benefits because of a combination of mental and physical impairments, several of which had been previously undiagnosed.  At hearing, the Administrative Law Judge found their arguments persuasive and issued a bench decision granting their client ongoing and retroactive benefits!

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