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Friday, June 10, 2011

DRLC Launches Kirkland & Ellis Justice Fellowship 

To Lead Advocacy Work in Disability Communities


The Disability Rights Legal Center announces the creation of the Kirkland & Ellis Justice Fellowship, a two-year position to head up the Center's newly formed Community Advocacy Program. The goal of the Program and the Fellowship is to provide the disability community with critical information and resources about their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws. "This fellowship will allow an outstanding new lawyer the freedom to do in-depth research on real life issues facing the disability community, while serving the current needs of the community.This fellowship recognizes DRLC's commitment to training the next generation of advocates," said Paula Pearlman, Executive Director of the DRLC.               


The Fellow will work at DRLC's Los Angeles office with other staff in the program, as well as DRLC's clinical law students and pro bono attorneys. He or she will also be responsible for outreach to legal organizations, service providers, and other attorneys in order to facilitate meaningful referrals for callers and educate the community about DRLC's services. Importantly, the Fellow will develop at least one area of expertise, such as housing rights for people with disabilities, rights of people who use service animals, the education rights of youth in the delinquency system, or the intersection of race and disability. The Fellow will give trainings and write articles in this area of expertise to further the civil rights of people with disabilities in the disability and legal communities.


The fellowship is named in honor of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in recognition of the DRLC's long-standing pro-bono and co-counseling relationships with the firm, and for Kirkland's generous funding of this position. Candidates for the Kirkland & Ellis Justice Fellowship must apply online through the DRLC website by 5 p.m. (PST) on Friday, July 8, 2011. The selected Fellow will begin work on Monday, October 3, 2011. 

Steve Cuellar Receives Award From Legal Aid Association
DRLC Executive Director Paula Pearlman with Steve Cuellar, DRLC Litigation Assistant, who received an Award of Merit from LAAC
DRLC Executive Director Paula Pearlman with Steve Cuellar, DRLC Litigation Assistant, who received an Award of Merit from LAAC
On June 7, Steve Cuellar, DRLC Litigation Assistant, was presented with an Award of Merit from Legal Aid Association of California for his exemplary work in improving access to justice as a paralegal at the Disability Rights Legal Center. Mr. Cuellar was cited for his emphatic handling of client's legal issues as well as his outstanding professionalism and good nature. Friends and coworkers came out for the awards ceremony that was held at the California Endowment. To see more photos of the awards ceremony, visit the DRLC's Facebook site
CLRC's Monica Bryant Interviewed by Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune photo of Alaina Giordano with her children. Giordano, whose breast cancer, was a factor in her failure to win custody of her 11-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to her estranged husband.
Chicago Tribune photo of Alaina Giordano with her children. Giordano's breast cancer was a factor in her failure to win custody of her 11-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to her estranged husband.

Cancer Legal Resource Center Midwest Regional Director, Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq., was quoted in the Chicago Tribune, article "Woman's cancer a factor in complex custody case." Ms. Fawzy discussed the role that cancer may play in a custody determination. This is just one example of how cancer and the law intersect. For more information about cancer-related legal issues, please visit www.CancerLegalResourceCenter.org.

Monica Bryant Speaks to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society logo

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society logo

CLRC Midwest Regional Director, Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq., presented a Cancer and the Law seminar at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference on June 4.  During this wonderful day at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, participates were able to celebrate their survivorship as well as learn about legal protections in the work and insurance arenas.
CLRC Attends Clinical Oncologists' Annual Meeting
American Society of Clinical Oncologists logo

American Society of Clinical Oncologists logo

CLRC Director, Joanna Morales, Esq., and CLRC Midwest Regional Director, Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq., spent the weekend at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO).  At this meeting they learned about the advancements being made in cancer research and met patient advocates and oncology healthcare professionals from throughout the United States and around the world. This was an excellent opportunity to educate people about cancer-related legal issues and the services provided by the Cancer Legal Resource Center at the largest oncology meeting in the world.

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" Ticketmaster®; "Roulette Sponsor" KDB - Your Neighborhood Kitchen, Den, Bar; and "Poker Sponsor" MassMutual Financial Group. 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 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.

Community Outreach Program Provides Free Legal Clinics  
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 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.

Dad's Day Deals
Give to the DRLC by Shopping, Searching Online  


Go to iGive for great discounts and Father's Day gift guides from some of your favorite stores -- plus every iGive purchase means a donation to the Disability Rights Legal Center. All you do is go through iGive.com and a percentage of your purchase goes toward our work on behalf of people with disabilities. Become an iGive member and select the DRLC as one of the causes you support. It is the company who makes the donation in your name. iGive has links to almost a thousand online stores, including Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, DisneyStore.com, eBay, Expedia.com, Hotwire.com, Macy's, NORDSTROM.com, Overstock.com, ProFlowers, Sport Chalet, Travelocity. You can also donate to the DRLC simply by using iGive's search engine. There are no costs, obligations, nor any hidden fees. Causes always receive 100% of the donation amount advertised on iGive's website. Go to iGive.com to sign up.


The online credit card donation feature is available on the Make a Donation page of the DRLC website. This quick and easy function can be used for general donations.  



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DRLC Staff Photo August 2010
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