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Friday, May 20, 2011

Paula Pearlman Nominated for
Women Making a Difference Award

Paula Pearlman at Women Making a Difference Awards Luncheon
Executive Director Paula Pearlman

Paula Pearlman, Disability Rights Legal Center Executive Director, attended the
Los Angeles Business Journal's 19th annual Women Making a Difference Awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 18 in Century City. She was nominated in the award category of Business Owner/CEO of the Year. The award event recognized Los Angeles' most successful women business leaders.


NPR News Reports on DRLC Autism Service Dog Case

National Public Radio reported on a Disability Rights Legal Center lawsuit, C.C. v. Cypress School District. The DRLC filed the case on behalf of a six-year-old boy with severe autism whose school district has barred him attending class with his service dog. The story addresses a national trend where schools have been reluctant to admit, and even banned, service dogs from classrooms, and how new Americans With Disabilities Act regulations on service animals could influence this policy. Reporter Larry Abramson interviewed DRLC Legal Director Shawna Parks and the boy's mother. On May 3, the DRLC, along with co-counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP, filed a motion for preliminary injunction in federal court compelling the district to accommodate the boy's use of his service dog. The National Public Radio story, "Service Dogs Teach Educators About Disabilities," aired May 14.

First 5 LA Writes About Children's Benefits Access Guide
First 5 Article Screen Capture
The First 5 LA online article


First 5 LA, an organization created by California voters for improving the lives of children, published an informative online article about the Children's Benefits Access Guide. The Disability Rights Legal Center created the Guide to educate the families of children with disabilities in Los Angeles County who may be eligible for public programs, and the professionals that work with them, about the responsibilities of governmental entities to provide them with healthcare and related services. The Guide was funded by L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation's largest public health plan, and will benefit low-income and uninsured residents of the County. It has quickly become recognized as a valuable resource; there have been more than 10,000 downloads of the Guide from the DRLC website since its posting on February 16. For more information, or to download the Guide, go to the Children's Benefits Access Project page of our website.

Barbara Schwerin Honored
Barbara Schwerin
Barbara Schwerin
for Founding 
Cancer Legal Resource Center


On Thursday evening, May 18, the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center presented Barbara Ullman Schwerin with its "Tribute to the Human Spirit Award" for her work as the trailblazing attorney who, in 1997, worked with Loyola Law School Dean, Gerald McLaughlin, to create the Cancer Legal Resource Center. When Barbara began, the CLRC was a one-woman shop. Today, the CLRC is a staff of ten, including 6 attorneys and a myriad of students. The DRLC joins with the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center in recognizing her exemplary achievements.

New ADA Regulations Explained at National Symposium 
National ADA Symposium banner
National ADA Symposium banner

John Villar de Longoria,  Community Outreach Program Director, attended the National ADA Symposium in Las Vegas from May 9 to May 11. The Symposium is designed to provide the latest information on Americans with Disabilities Act regulations and guidelines, implementation strategies, and best practices through dynamic, interactive sessions. The Symposium brings together the diverse groups that are affected by the ADA to network, problem solve, and share solutions. More than 95% of prior attendees reported they learned something that they could use on the job or in their communities.

DRLC: More Funding for Medical Leave Program


At some point, nearly all workers need to take time away from work to deal with a serious personal or family illness, or to care for a new child. Laws providing paid family and medical leave allow workers to continue to earn a portion of their pay while they take time away from work to address these personal responsibilities. President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget includes $23 million to establish a state paid leave fund within the U.S. Department of Labor.The Disability Rights Legal Center has joined 172 organizations in signing a letter of support for this appropriation. The letter was sent last week to Honorable Denny Rehberg, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. If you would like to send a letter of support to your representative, feel free to borrow language from the coalition letter and the State Paid Leave Fund fact sheet.

Save The Date

Hold Saturday Night July 23 for 'Casino Angeleno'

 Casino Angeleno icon

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, sponsored by our exclusive "Baccarat Sponsor" TicketmasterŪSet 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 Cancer Legal Resource Center. For sponsorship opportunities, download the sponsorship packet, or contact Joanna Morales at joanna.morales@lls.edu. Event details will be posted at www.cancerlegalresourcenter.org in May.

DRLC Offers Free Legal Clinic in Orange County


Photo of Dayle McIntosh Center
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 May 25. 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 Program 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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DRLC Staff Photo August 2010
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