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Friday, October 21, 2011

Loyola Law School Public Interest Law Center  


DRLC Executive Director Paula Pearlman, Loyola Law School Dean Victor Gold, and Mary tk, Director of the Center for Conflict Resolution
Paula Pearlman, DRLC Executive Director, Victor Gold, Loyola Law School Dean,
and Mary Culbert, Director of the
Center for Conflict Resolution

On Tuesday, October 18, Disability Rights Legal Center and Center for Conflict Resolution hosted a Loyola Law School open house to share our new offices with our Loyola colleagues. Both the DRLC and CCR office suites are part of the Loyola Law School Public Interest Law Center at 800 South Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles, a short shuttle ride from the law school campus. Faculty and staff from Loyola Law School snacked on empanadas and other appetizers, sipped wine and beverages, and took in the panoramic views of the downtown skyline from the 11th floor. DRLC staff members welcomed our guests, gave tours and shared our programs and services with them. We were also pleased to meet and network with our neighbors in the building, including some Loyola alumni. Dean Victor Gold publically welcomed everyone.  

DRLC and City of L.A. Partner for Disability Mentoring Day  


Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall
Disability Mentoring Day at City Hall

On Wednesday, October 12, students and job seekers with disabilities were mentored by employees of the City of Los Angeles at this year's Disability Mentoring Day. Participants spent the day visiting the government department that matched their interest and met one-on-one with their volunteer mentors. The day was an opportunity for students and job seekers to see the connection between school and work, explore possible career paths, and develop lasting relationships with their mentors. At the same time, the city had the opportunity to recruit interns, tap a pool of potential employees, learn more about the experience of disability, and form relationships with community leaders. Maggie Hui, coordinator for the DRLC Community Outreach Program, helped promote and organize the event. For more information, visit DRLC's Disability Mentoring Day webpage. 

Anna Rivera Joins DRLC as Staff Attorney  


Anna Rivera, a former staff attorney with the Disability Rights Legal Center, will be rejoining the Litigation Department as a staff attorney for the Education Advocacy Program. Ms. Rivera most recently worked at the Law Offices of Martin & Martin, LLP, where she handled both education and employment-related cases. She is a 2005 graduate of Southwestern University School of Law. While in law school, she clerked for the Los Angeles County Public Defender's office in both the juvenile and adult court systems. She was actively involved in the Public Interest Law group and served as the President of the Latino Law Student Association. She also volunteered with the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Project helping victims obtain restraining orders against their abusers

DRLC Thanks Pro Bono Partners
Marisa Blackshire and Adrian Rosu     


Marisa E. Blackshire
Marisa E. Blackshire
Marisa E. Blackshire, Senior Associate with Alston + Bird LLP, successfully concluded her pro bono representation of a family in need of special education services.  With Blackshire's assistance, the family and school district reached an agreement on an Individualized Education Program. One of the parents said, "...I do think that we got most everything we wanted and I really appreciate all your help. Amazing how receptive they became once you were involved. I cannot thank you enough! ...I really appreciate all your help with everything. It made all the difference in the world."  If you know of a low-income family who needs help with special education services for a student with disabilities, please pass on DRLC's contact information: DRLC@LLS.edu  or (213) 736-1334.

Adrian Rosu, a DRLC pro bono lawyer employed by BP Coke, successfully represented a family seeking help with their son's 504 Plan. Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 ensures that a student with a disability has equal access to an education. With a 504 Plan, the student may receive accommodations and modifications to give him or her equal access to an education. Following the filing of a compliance complaint with the California Department of Education against the school district and submission of a grade revision request with the school district's superintendent, a settlement was reached to revise the student's educational record by deleting the "D" he received because of violations of his 504 plan. It looks like the student will have his grade revision in time to apply for colleges with his new, higher GPA.  While handling the case, Rosu received technical assistance from one of DRLC's Education Advocacy Program staff attorneys. DRLC provides technical expertise to all of its pro bono volunteers: expertise in handling special education matters is not a pre-requisite to volunteering to help a family 

October is Campaign for Justice Month!      


The Campaign for Justice raises funds for the important network of legal aid organizations that give a voice and representation to Californians who need help accessing justice. Learn more at: http://www.CAforJustice.org. We invite everyone to join us in supporting this movement! Read the Campaign for Justice Month Flyer and attend a Campaign for Justice event.  

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

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