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Friday, September 16, 2011

Paula Pearlman Speaks at Employment Roundtable Event

Charlene Lewis, Paula Pearlman, Marcia Haight

Charlene Lewis, Paula Pearlman, Marcia Haight

On September 8, Paula Pearlman,
Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center, gave the closing remarks at the seminar "Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation." The seminar was presented by Employment Round Table of Southern California (ERTSC), which Ms. Pearlman chairs, and the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing. The introductory remarks were made by Roundtable board members Marcia Haight, SPHR-CA, President, Haight Consulting, and Joan E. Smiles, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Legal expert Pamela L. Hemminger, Esq., spoke about issues that arise when employers consider leaves of absence as a reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities. The event was held at Loyola Law School Los Angeles. Roundtable board member Charlene Lewis, M.A., SPHR, Director, H.R., Safety & Risk Management at the Center for Community and Family Services, also participated in this event. ERTSC's Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 3rd at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.

Joan E. Smiles, Pamela L. Hemminger

Joan E. Smiles, Pamela L. Hemminger

Charlene Lewis, Paula Pearlman

Charlene Lewis, Paula Pearlman

Heather McGunigle Trains More Than Sixty Public Defenders    

Heather McGunigle, Director of the DRLC Inland Empire Program, conducted a training on Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance and Special Education Needs for sixty-seven public defenders in the
 San Bernardino County Public Defender's office on August 25. She informed the legal professionals about the law's guidelines and about educational rights and responsibilities, including the right to an Individualized Education Program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Public defenders Catherine Wollard and Richard Sterling coordinated this training for their office.

DRLC Welcomes Stephanie Fajuri and Misty Everett 


The Disability Rights Legal Center welcomes new staff members Stephanie Fajuri and Misty Everett.

Ms. Fajuri serves as the CLRC Development Coordinator. She earned her Juris Doctor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, where she participated in the Public Interest Law Certificate Program and spent time working in the Health and Disability Law Clinic and at the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Most recently, Ms. Fajuri was an administrative and legal assistant at Axis Clinical Trials in Los Angeles. She also spent a year teaching English, History, and Music to primary school students at Shanghai High School: International Division in Shanghai, China. Ms. Fajuri is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Misty Everett, the CLRC's new Administrative Assistant, earned her degree in Communication, Tourism, and Convention Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her volunteer experience includes work as a reading tutor for elementary age children in North Las Vegas, an intern with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and humanitarian work with local churches.

Maggie Hui Trains Case Managers at AIDS Services Foundation
AIDS Services Foundation Orange County logo 

AIDS Services Foundation Orange County logo

Maggie Hui, the DRLC Community Outreach Program Coordinator, conducted a Disability Sensitivity and Awareness training for the case managers of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County on September 13. In her one-hour training Ms. Hui helped staff understand their clients with disabilities as well as ways in which to better communicate. The Community Outreach Program conducts these and other trainings at no cost to organizations upon request. To arrange a training, email Maggie.Hui@lls.edu.


Save The Date  

Save the Date: Seminar on Mediating Disability Rights Cases on Tuesday, October 4

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PMA Dispute Resolution

On Tuesday
, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Disability Rights Legal Center and PMA Dispute Resolution will present "Mediating Disability Rights Cases: Keys to Successful Resolution." The seminar will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA)
  • What's Different about Mediating a Disability Case?
  • Tools for Successful Disability Mediation  
The seminar will be taught by Paula Pearlman, Executive Director, Disability Rights Legal Center and Associate Visiting Professor of Law, Loyola Law School; Nicholas DeWitt, Mediator, PMA Dispute Resolution in Los Angeles; and John Rodriguez, Mediator, John Rodriguez Mediation in Los Angeles. The $50 seminar will include parking, breakfast and materials, and MCLE credit (this seminar is certified by the CA State Bar for 1 hour of Elimination of Bias and 2 hours of general credit). The event will be held at Loyola Law School, Burns Building Student Lounge, 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. To register and/ or request an accommodation, please contact Anabel Prudencio at (213) 736-8195 or Anabel.Prudencio@LLS.edu. Please request accommodations by September 20th.            

Community Outreach Program Offers 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 September 28. 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.

Shop at Ralphs and Defend Rights of People with Disabilities  
Ralph's Community Contributions Program logo

Thank you so much for championing the rights of people with disabilities by supporting the DRLC through Ralphs Community Contribution Program. The new program year began on September 1, 2011. Even if you are currently registered as a member, you must register again. The DRLC uses every dollar donated from this program to serve people with disabilities. Please visit www.ralphs.com  to both re-register and to register.

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 one 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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DRLC Staff Photo August 2010

Disability Rights Legal Center Staff Photo August 2010