On February 11th, DRLC filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill California patients to obtain aid in dying from their physician. The plaintiffs, consisting of patients and doctors, are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent terminally ill patient should not be subject to criminal prosecution under existing California law.
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Legal Clinical Teaching and Continuing Education of Lawyers
DRLC is committed to educating and training the next generation of disability rights activists. The Executive Director teaches Disability Rights Law and Special Education Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and the Director of the Cancer Legal Resource Center teaches Cancer Legal Rights Law. The Legal Director frequently teaches disability law/complex litigation and lawyering workshops that attorneys and DRLC staff attend. To the extent that there are valuable conferences on disability law, special education law, litigation issues, civil rights and relevant government program, DRLC often presents on timely issues or moderates a panel.
Staff attorneys give MCLE (attorney continuing education credits) on issues in our areas of expertise including: Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession; Introduction to Special Education and Special Education Law and Advocacy.