Litigation staff connect callers to resources, referrals or direct services within DRLC, provide representation on individual legal matters resolved through negotiation, and conduct trainings in the community. Disability litigation cases involve cutting-edge legal issues that advance the rights of people with disabilities. Staff focus on crucial areas like housing, transportation and access to public services and private businesses. Education advocacy litigation involves special education and school-related disability discrimination to ensure students are fully included and provided a free and appropriate public education. This work is accomplished in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings, including juvenile halls, camps and jails.
CLRC provides information, education and referrals about cancer-related legal issues to the public through its national telephone assistance line. CLRC also conducts national education and outreach programs for community groups, employers and healthcare professionals. It is actively involved in community activities to raise public awareness of cancer-related legal and public policy issues.
Attorneys interested in disability civil rights, special education, cancer and end-of-life advocacy can hone their skills, make a difference and transform their communities by removing barriers to equal access and opportunities. DRLC works with attorney volunteers to co-counsel and to take referrals of large and small disability civil rights and patient rights cases. It also works with pro bono attorneys willing to help negotiate Individualized Education Plans with school districts for low-income and minority special education students. DRLC provides free MCLE training and ongoing support to education advocacy volunteers. Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) assists people with cancer as they face converging legal and medical problems. CLRC works with volunteer attorneys interested in providing advice on issues confronting patients, including insurance, medical, housing, employment, guardianship, end-of-life planning and similar areas.
DRLC is looking to work with Junior and Summer Associates to focus on potential high impact court cases affecting people with disabilities. This experience may range in scope from discrete projects to comprehensive early case assessment and may include initial legal research and memo drafting, early stage fact finding and investigation, strategic assessment of case value, and crafting long-term strategies.
Opportunities may include service animals, mobility access to parks and concerts, transportation access, and juvenile justice issues.
Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) offers employment, general internship, law student externship, pro bono and other volunteer opportunities to work on legal issues critical to persons with disabilities, cancer and terminal illness. All applicants must have an internet connection with a minimum 5 mbps download speed (and a computer for volunteers) since most staff work from remote locations. In 2015, DRLC transitioned to a paperless environment, reducing costs and increasing the speed and efficiency of legal and administrative tasks, and coordination among staff. Overhead was further reduced by allowing staff to work remotely, which significantly lowered the office footprint. DRLC will provide a phone system, virtual computer workspace and access to tools necessary to help the communities it serves. Allow three days for training and setup of DRLC systems.