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Friday, October 14, 2011

Shawna Parks on Panel Addressing Children 'Convicts' 


On October 12, DRLC's Legal Director, Shawna Parks, spoke on a panel discussion at UCLA School of Law entitled "Children 'Convicts.'" The panel addressed the intersection of law, policy and education in systems of school discipline, special education, dependency and juvenile justice. Ms. Parks spoke about DRLC's work in education reform in the juvenile detention and adult correctional contexts, and addressed the issues facing youth and young adults with mental health conditions and learning disabilities in these systems. The DRLC has recently litigated landmark cases in this area, including Casey A. v. Gundry that addressed the failure of public agencies to provide education and special education to thousands of youth incarcerated at Camp Challenger, Los Angeles County's largest juvenile detention camp.  

DRLC Participates in Children's Health Fair  

Megan Newhouse and Normal Montano staff resource table in Mecca, California
Megan Newhouse and Normal Montano at resource fair in Mecca, California


Megan Newhouse, Inland Empire Program Law Clerk, and Norma Montano, Inland Empire Program Administrative Assistant, staffed a table at the Mecca Child Health Day Resource Fair in Mecca, California. The fair took place on October 12, and was presented by the County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services and Mecca Family & Farmworkers Service Center, in collaboration with Coachella Valley Unified School District - ASES Desert Recreation District. There were approximately 2,500 attendees. Most of the attendees were families, some of whom were looking for help and answers regarding their child's special education needs. Ms. Newhouse and Ms. Montano provided resources on education advocacy and introduced the purpose and mission of the DRLC to many grateful parents. DRLC's participation at the fair helped educate families and individuals in the community who were previously unaware that there were resources available for their children's education rights. 

Free MCLE Credit for Webinar on October 27:

'Ethical Issues When Representing People with Disabilities'   


Dear DRLC Volunteers,


Thank you for contributing to the Disability Rights Legal Center! Join us for a free webinar to learn about ethical issues that may arise when representing people with disabilities in California as part of the National Pro Bono Celebration. This session will review the California Rules of Professional Conduct and analyze the proposed amendment to these rules now pending before the California Supreme Court: Rule 1.14 "Client with Diminished Capacity." Participants are in a "listen-only" mode until the question and answer period. The session is offered in real time.   

  • Title:  Ethical Issues When Representing People with Disabilities 
  • Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011 
  • Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Registration: Registration is required by October 19 at  www2.gotomeeting.com/register/793844882  
  • Cost: Free to DRLC Attorney Volunteers
  • Credit: One unit of California MCLE on Legal Ethics (DRLC is an authorized MCLE provider)
  • Contact: For questions and accommodations, please contact  Anabel.Prudencio@lls.edu or call 213-736-8195.  

FDR Dinner logo  

DRLC Inaugural Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner

Thursday, November 17   


We are pleased to invite you to our inaugural Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner. 

Omni Hotel, 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

For more information, go to the  FDR Dinner Webpage 


Silent Auction 

Cocktails 5 p.m.
Dinner Promptly 6:30 p.m.


Hosted by Jennifer Bjorklund, NBC4


Michael Bonnabel will perform an excerpt from  "The Good Boy" 


Distinguished Honorees


Corporate Diversity Award

NBC Universal


Charles D. Siegal President's Award

Francine R. Kaufman, M.D.


Disability Rights in Entertainment, Arts & Media Award

Nick Jonas

DRLC Staff Holds Working Retreat  


DRLC Staff at Annual Retreat
DRLC Staff at Annual Retreat
Staff enjoyed the Disability Rights Legal Center Annual Retreat on Monday at the Children's Bureau in Los Angeles. Program directors made presentations about projects their teams are working on. During breakout sessions, staff brainstormed about how to maximize effectiveness of the organization's programs, how to formulate a national outreach and education plan, and discussed the DRLC's challenges and opportunities.

How to Help   

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.  



Visit the How You Can Help page of our website to volunteer as a pro bono attorney on a disability rights case, work as a student law clerk or assist with intake and administrative responsibilities.


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Disability Rights Legal Center Staff October 2011