On July 18, 2014, DRLC sent a letter to the Honorable Bob Menendez, Committee Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Honorable Bob Corker, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressing support for ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In the letter, DRLC explains the significance of the CRPD, as well as the treaty's importance to the disability community.
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Pro Bono Program
Pro Bono Program recruits, trains and supports lawyers willing to volunteer their time to help people with disabilities. Volunteer lawyers who want to help can do so in a number of ways. Those affiliated with large law firms that have the financial and staff resources necessary to support complex cases can co-counsel on impact litigation or draft amicus briefs. DRLC’s Impact litigation involves class actions or issues that affect large numbers of people.
Volunteer lawyers are also sought to meet the needs of low income people with disabilities who have smaller, more personal legal issues. These matters are less complex but still involve discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act or special education advocacy under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Lawyers with insurance law, health law and employment law experience can also serve on DRLC’s Cancer Legal Resource Center professional panel and work to assist people diagnosed with cancer understand their rights.
Finally, the Pro Bono Program coordinates and presents continuing legal education programs such as Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Introduction to Special Education or Special Education Law and Advocacy to law firms or other groups of lawyers interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities. DRLC is an authorized provider of continuing legal education by the California Bar.
To volunteer with the Pro Bono Program, please click here.