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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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.