Breast Cancer Task Force Partnership with CLRC
The American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section and the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) have partnered to further their shared breast cancer legal advocacy goals. The Breast Cancer Task Force is the ABA Health Law Section's premier pro bono effort. Since its inception in1993, the ABA’s Breast Cancer Task Force has provided information and education on a wide range of legal issues related to women's health, and provided extensive resources to lawyers and consumers dealing with breast cancer. In 2008, the ABA Health Law Section assumed responsibility for this project , from the ABA Commission on Women, and since then has sponsored several Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshops, authored a comprehensive training toolkit, updated the Breast CancerLegal Advocacy Training Guide, and initiated a project to assemble and host an online library of attorney breast cancer survivor stories.
The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a national, joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer. Individuals with cancer-related legal issues can contact the CLRC's National Telephone Assistance Line (866-843-2572), and if appropriate, be connected with a member of the CLRC's Professional Panel (a lawyer in their state, who practices in a relevant legal field such as employment, family law, estate planning, government benefits, consumer law, and health and disability insurance). Receiving over 4,000 calls for cancer-related legal assistance each year, the need for CLRC's services far exceeds its available resources. The CLRC's Professional Panel plays an integral rule in the organization's advocacy efforts for those coping with cancer.
Through offering comprehensive breast cancer legal advocacy training and an opportunity to join the CLRC’s Professional Panel, the ABA andthe CLRC partnership connects attorneys who have been trained with those in need of counsel.
The project is the first of many other opportunities being pursued by these two outstanding organizations. Please consider participating in this worthwhile initiative!