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Friday, June 24, 2011

Cancer Rights Conference in Chicago Generates Buzz

Photo from Chicago Tribune article on Cancer Rights Conference

Illinois resident and cancer survivor
Wendy Schwartz attended last year's
Cancer Rights Conference.

(Chicago Tribune photo by William DeShazer)


Earlier this week the Chicago Tribune and Law Bulletin published articles about today's Cancer Rights Conference in Chicago hosted by the Cancer Legal Resource Center. More than 200 patients, survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals from across the nation are expected to attend the free conference. A cancer diagnosis can drop individuals into a maze of legal issues, such as obtaining and keeping health, disability and life insurance; access to quality care; and government benefits. At the conference, CLRC staff attorneys will give presentations aimed to resolve cancer-related legal issues, as well as distributing resource materials, such as the CLRC's HCP Manual: A Legal Resource Guide for Oncology Health Care Professionals. The Chicago Tribune article, "Cancer patients get help through financial, health care mazes," brought attention to the event and highlighted CLRC services. The reporter interviewed Illinois resident Wendy Schwartz, a cancer survivor who attended last year's conference. "When you just get a cancer diagnosis, you're so overwhelmed by everything that you're not thinking about what government programs are there to help me," Schwartz told the Tribune. "You're just thinking, 'Am I going to live? Am I going to lose organs?' You have the cancer blinders on." Joanna Morales, CLRC Director, and Monica Fawzy Bryant, CLRC Midwest Regional Director, are prominently quoted in the Tribune article. The Law Bulletin story "Upcoming conference will address some cancer-related legal issues" appeared in the newspaper on June 17. After Chicago, the CLRC will host Cancer Rights Conferences on Friday, September 23, at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.; and Friday, October 21, at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, MI. For more information and to register for these events, go to www.CancerRightsConference.org.

Looking for People with Genetic Predispositions for Cancer    
The Cancer Legal Resource Center and Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, in partnership with Bright Pink, need your help! We would like feedback on access to preventative services for individuals with a genetic predisposition for cancer.  We would like to hear about your experience with insurance coverage, including private insurance, employer-sponsored health plans, Medicare, and Medicaid.  We are interested in learning about your experience in order to ensure that individuals with a genetic predisposition for cancer receive the best possible care. To complete the survey, please visit:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/AccesstoPreventativeCare. Note: This survey is intended to gather information on access to preventative care for individuals with a genetic predisposition for or family history of cancer. Please do not fill out the questions based on access to treatment after a cancer diagnosis.
Don't Miss Your Chance to Apply for Our
Kirkland & Ellis Justice Fellowship 

Friday, July 8 is the deadline for fellowship applications. The Disability Rights Legal Center created 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," said Paula Pearlman, Executive Director of the DRLC. 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.

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 are posted at www.CancerLegalResourceCenter.org. To purchase tickets, download the invitation

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 July 13 and 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 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.

Champion the Rights of People with Disabilities by Shopping, Searching Online  


You can support the work of the Disability Rights Legal Center simply by shopping and searching online. Become an iGive member and choose the DRLC as one of the causes you support, then click on an iGive link to one of the almost a thousand participating retailers, including Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, DisneyStore.com, eBay, Expedia.com, Hotwire.com, Macy's, NORDSTROM.com, Overstock.com, ProFlowers, Sport Chalet, Travelocity. You will not pay more for products, rather the companies give a listed percentage of the purchase to your cause. There are no obligations or hidden fees. Causes always receive 100% of the donation amount advertised on iGive's website. You can also contribute to the DRLC simply by using iGive's search engine. 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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