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Friday, April 8, 2011

Shawn Kravich Represents CLRC at Conference in Baltimore

CLRC Logo SmOn March 24-25, Shawn Kravich, Cancer Legal Resource Center Staff Attorney, attended the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership's Conference in Baltimore. Mr. Kravich made a presentation to 240 professionals in the medical and legal fields about the mission, impact, and need for CLRC services during the conference's accredited poster session. Mr. Kravich and CLRC's Skadden Fellow Anya Prince developed the poster from data obtained through the CLRC's Health Care Professionals Survey and responses to the CLRC's Telephone Assistance Line follow-up questionnaires

Paula Pearlman and Shawna Parks Attend
Central District of California Judicial Conference
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Seal of United States District Court Central District of California

DRLC Executive Director, Paula Pearlman, and Legal Director, Shawna Parks, attended the Central District of California's Judicial Conference in Laguna Niguel, the weekend of April 1-3. They attended sessions commenting on Civil Rights and the Little Rock Crisis; an analysis of the tenure of Supreme Court Justice William F. Brennan; and a summary of the comprehensive solutions to the problem of gangs in Los Angeles. In addition, they heard an interesting presentation comparing the ways in which one views the paintings of Monet with the way in which "seeing" informs "judging." 

DRLC Files Amicus Brief in Employment Discrimination Case

The Disability Rights Legal Center, along with other disability rights organizations and veterans groups, filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, this week. The brief argued that the Court's ruling in Lopez v. Pacific Maritime Associates (9th Cir. 09-55698 3/2/11), an employment case involving a "one-strike" policy regarding positive drug testing was narrow and will create problems for people with disabilities, as well as recent returning veterans, in their own job applications. It is the intention of the brief's signers to ask the Court to revisit the legislative history of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) to understand the framework for employment selection procedures that were designed to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not excluded from job opportunities unless they are actually unable to perform the job. To read a copy of the brief click here. 

DRLC Reaches Out to Parents, Students at Riverside Art Fair
Norma Montano, DRLC Inland Empire Program Administrative Assistant, staffed a resource table at the 5th Very Special Art Fair on March 24 in Riverside. This event drew more than 900 people. Norma informed students with intellectual disabilities, as well as their parents, about DRLC's services. Hard copies of the DRLC's Education Advocacy Manual were also distributed.
DRLC Welcomes John Cervantes

The Disability Rights Legal Center welcomes John Cervantes, DRLC's new Facilities/Technology Coordinator. Mr. Cervantes has worked in computer IT and office management since 2006, first at Schedule an Inspector Inc. and then Casting Networks Inc.

Save The Date

Get to Know DRLC at Ability Expo April 15-17


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Abilities Expo Logo

The Disability Rights Legal Center has signed on to be an Organizational Sponsor for Abilities Expo Los Angeles that will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. The Abilities Expo provides an opportunity for people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans, caregivers and healthcare professionals to gain knowledge and empowerment tools. For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has also provided an excellent forum for companies with disability products and services to reach out and enhance the lives of the disability community. DRLC will provide an information table where people can learn more about DRLC programs and services. For more information about the Abilities Expo visit their website

Hold Saturday Night July 23 for 'Casino Angeleno'


The Cancer Legal Resource Center's Casino Night event is back by popular demand! The CLRC will be hosting its "Casino Angeleno" summer event on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Set on the rooftop deck of the Petersen Automotive Museum, with the Hollywood Hills as a spectacular backdrop, guests will enjoy a starry, summer night of guilt-free gaming, music and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the CLRC. For sponsorship opportunities, click here to download the sponsorship packet, or contact Joanna Morales at joanna.morales@lls.edu. Event details will be posted at www.cancerlegalresourcenter.org in April.

DRLC Offers Free Legal Clinic in Orange County


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Dayle McIntosh Center

To better serve residents of Orange County, Community Outreach Program staff will hold office hours on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dayle McIntosh Center in Garden Grove. That means this month we will host office hours at the center on April 13 and April 27. Come meet our staff and learn about laws protecting the civil rights of those with disabilities, and services available to them, including health care, special education, government services and more. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Maggie Hui, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (213) 736-1408 or Maggie.Hui@lls.edu. Video TDD (213) 736-8310; Video Relay Number (866) 912-8193. The Dayle McIntosh Center is located at 13272 Garden Grove Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843-2205.


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