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Friday, May 27, 2011

Joanna Morales Speaks to
Pediatric Oncology Social Workers


On Friday, May 13, Cancer Legal Resource Center Director Joanna Morales, gave a seminar on "Employment and Health Insurance Issues for Children, Young Adults, and Caregivers" at the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers Annual Conference. Held in Atlanta, Georgia, the conference was attended by several hundred pediatric oncology social workers, clinicians, program managers, advocates and researchers. The conference aims to create and strengthen connections between individuals, groups, and organizations addressing the needs of those affected by childhood cancer. For more information about the services the CLRC provides to health care professionals, visit: http://bit.ly/CLRCHCP

Monica Bryant Attends Komen Chicagoland Funding Awards  
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Komen Chicagoland logo


On Wednesday, May 18, Cancer Legal Resource Center Midwest Regional Director, Monica Fawzy Bryant, attended the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Funding Awards Celebration in recognition of the CLRC's first community grant award. As a grantee, the CLRC will conduct seminars and an awareness campaign in the greater Chicago area to educate the breast cancer community about cancer-related legal issues. The CLRC will also create a legal resource guide for people with cancer in Illinois to help navigate individuals through the many legal issues that may arise from a cancer diagnosis through survivorship as well as provide local resources that may help resolve these issues.

Paula Pearlman Attends Celebration
of Social Justice Leaders


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Paula Pearlman with Julia Wilson, Director of Legal Aid Association of California, at the gala
On Thursday, May 27, Paula Pearlman, Disability Rights Legal Center Executive Director, attended the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) annual gala, "Living the Legacy," celebrating and advancing the Jewish pursuit of justice in America. This year's honorees were U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, a nationally recognized leader on the environment; Ralph Fertig, a 1961 Freedom Rider, organizer of the March on Washington, and social worker; and Mitch Kamin, a former president and CEO of Bet Tzedek Legal Services. The PJA engages Jews of diverse backgrounds in social justice work in their communities in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
DRLC Gets Boost From Summer Law Clerks and Externs
DRLC Summer Law Clerks
DRLC law clerks during a training session

On Monday, May 23, the Disability Rights Legal Center welcomed 36 law clerks and externs from across the country into our 2011 Summer Student Program. After a week of comprehensive training on the organization and the substantive areas of our work, students began program-specific training in the Civil Rights Litigation Program, Education Advocacy Program, and the Cancer Legal Resource Center. We are thrilled to have such bright and talented additions to the DRLC team!

Conference Brings Together Mental Health Community

The Meeting of the Minds Conference was held on May 11, 2011 in Garden Grove by the Mental Health Association. Maggie Hui, Community Outreach Program Coordinator, attended the event where she passed out information on DRLC's services to the mental health community. The conference brought together the full spectrum of the mental health community of Orange County, to raise awareness, increase cultural sensitivity, share information and resources, strengthen and build relationships, and improve patient care and quality of life for persons impacted by mental illness.

Save The Date

Hold Saturday Night July 23 for 'Casino Angeleno'

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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 June 8 and June 22. 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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