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Friday, November 4, 2011

DRLC Challenges Constitutionality of Harsh Sentence for Teenager with Mental Illness        


The Disability Rights Legal Center has signed an amicus brief filed with the California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Caballero. The brief challenges the constitutionality of a 110-year sentence imposed on a schizophrenic sixteen-year-old for a non-homicide offense.  As the case involves an Eighth Amendment challenge to a sentence that is the "functional equivalent" of life without parole, the Court's ruling will have both statewide and national significance. The brief is also signed by the Juvenile Law Center, Human Rights Advocates, Human Rights Watch, Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

Outreach Director Gives Disability Trainings in Orange County  


On November 2nd, John Villar de Longoria, the DRLC's Community Outreach Program Director, conducted a Disability Etiquette training with the Orange County Health Care Agency ACT program staff members. The program's staff members are public health nurses who provide case management services to pregnant women who struggle with substance abuse. They also provide services to post-partum women with children under one year of age and to pregnant woman with mental health issues. The training improved the nurses' understanding of their patients with disabilities. Also on November 2nd, Mr. Villar de Longoria conducted an Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and Disability Awareness training for the  Precious Life Shelter in Los Alamitos. The shelter provides services for pregnant women who are homeless, including many with disabilities. The training benefited the shelter by helping staff to better understand and communicate with the community they serve. The DRLC's Community Outreach Program offers free trainings for local businesses and organizations on disability rights, etiquette and sensitivity. If you are interested in scheduling a training at your company or organization, please contact Maggie Hui, Community Outreach Coordinator, at: 213-736-1408 or Maggie.hui@lls.edu

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



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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