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Friday, September 30, 2011

CLRC Hosts Cancer Rights Conference in Nation's Capital  

On Friday, September 23, the Cancer Legal Resource Center hosted its second national Cancer Rights Conference of 2011 in Washington, D.C., at the Georgetown University Law Center. More than 250 people from 19 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, registered for the event.
Social workers attending the Cancer Rights Conference in DC
Members of the Association of Oncology Social Work
at the Cancer Rights Conference 

The CLRC received some fantastic feedback about the speakers and sponsors of the conference, including
"This is the most practical and accessible conference I have been to in ages,"
and "Amazing, wonderful day filled with brilliant presenters and topics. The CLRC made the audience comfortable and empowered with information and resources. These conferences create community and are ESSENTIAL."
A video of testimonials from previous conference attendees is posted on the
CLRC YouTube site.
CLRC staff welcome guests, share resources
CLRC staff welcome guests 

The next Cancer Rights Conference will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Friday, October 21, 2011. For information, visit
www.CancerRightsConference.org. More photos from the conference in Washington, D.C., are posted on the CLRC Facebook site.

Cancer Legal Resource Center in the News  

 Cover of The Journal of Advanced Practitioner in Oncology July/August edition

The  Cancer Legal Resource Center is featured in the July/August edition of The Journal of Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. Anya Prince, Skadden Fellow at the CLRC, wrote the article, "The Cancer Legal Resource Center: A Tool for Oncology Professionals," which describes how the center can be a valuable resource for oncology healthcare professionals.     

ScreenCapture of online La Opinion article

La Opinión, a Los Angeles Spanish-language newspaper, published an article on September 8 about genetic discrimination. The article describes the recent law signed by California Governor Jerry Brown that greatly expands protections against genetic discrimination in the state. The story also features the Cancer Legal Resource Center with quotes from Anya Prince. To read the article in Spanish, click here; for English, click here. 

DRLC Challenges Mistreatment of Prisoners with Mental Illness   

Tamms Correctional Center in Illinois
Tamms Correctional Center in Illinois
where Anthony Gay is incarcerated
The Disability Rights Legal Center has signed an amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of confining prisoners with mental illness to isolated cells and so called "supermax" settings. Anthony Gay is facing 97 years in prison for mutilating his body and other behaviors resulting from isolation and inadequate mental health treatment that exacerbated his mental health condition. The case, People v. Anthony Gay, Nos. 4-10-0369, 4-10-0370, 4-10-0371 (cons.), is pending in the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth Judicial District. The American Civil Liberties Union, Equip for Equality, the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York, Mental Health America, and other advocacy groups have also signed the amicus brief.  

Sid Wolinsky Honored for Commitment to Legal Services 

Sid Wolinsky
Sid Wolinsky has been named the recipient of the 2011
Loren Miller Legal Services Award. The State Bar of California presents the award annually to a lawyer who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor. The DRLC honored Mr. Wolinsky with its Charles D. Seigal President's Award in 2009. Mr. Wolinsky co-founded Disability Rights Advocates and has championed the rights of people with disabilities for more than forty years. He is working on a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of veterans who suffer post traumatic stress disorder and are not getting appropriate medical treatment. DRLC Executive Director Paula Pearlman and DRLC Legal Director Shawna Parks attended the award ceremony.  


Save The Date  

October 4: Seminar on Mediating Disability Rights Cases 

Disability Rights Legal Center logo

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.            
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