Cancer Rights: An Overview of Relevant Legal Issues

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    The authors of the ABA Health Law Section publication Cancer Rights Law will speak on legal issues facing cancer patients and will cover a variety of legal topics impacting cancer patients and survivors, including labor and employment issues such as FMLA and ADA, as well employee benefits law and insurance coverage matters.

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    Oct 15, 2018

    2018-10-15T13:00:00-04:00 2018-10-15T14:35:00-04:00 Cancer Rights: An Overview of Relevant Legal Issues Learn about your and your clients' rights after getting a diagnosis of cancer.


    Monica Bryant

    Triage Cancer

    Monica Fawzy Bryant is a cancer rights attorney, speaker, and author,dedicated to improving access to, and availability of, quality information onhealthcare-related issues. Monica is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officerfor Triage Cancer, a national non-profit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issuesthat may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers.

    Previously, Monica was Midwest Regional Director for a national cancer rightsorganization she forged relationships with cancer organizations, hospitals, lawfirms, other community partners, and members of underserved communities. Priorto relocating to Chicago, Ms. Bryant served as Legislative Counsel for U.S.Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez and Law Clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.During her time in Congress, Ms. Bryant focused on health, justice, civilrights, and women's issues. She was also heavily involved in the nominationhearings for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and JusticeSamuel Alito.

    Throughout her career, Monica has provided hundreds of educational seminars,written articles and blogs, and appeared on community television and radioshows discussing healthcare-related legal issues. In 2018, she co-authored abook Cancer Rights Law: AnInterdisciplinary Approach.

    Additionally, Monica is an Adjunct Law Professor at John Marshall School of Lawin Chicago, teaching a class on Cancer Rights. Monica is the
    Chair, American Bar Association’s (ABA) Breast Cancer Initiative Advisory Committee, and sitson the ABA’s Affordable Care Act Task Force and theCoalition to Protect Parenthood After Cancer.

    Monica received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Law & Society, with anemphasis in criminal justice, and Psychology from the University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University LawSchool.  She is a member of both theCalifornia and Illinois State Bars.

    Joanna Morales

    Triage Cancer

    Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq. is a cancer rights attorney, and CEO of Triage Cancer, anational, nonprofit organization providing education on the practical and legalissues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers,through events, materials, and resources.

    Mrs.Morales has spent 24 years working in the cancer community, including as anAdjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, teaching Cancer Rights Law, andfor the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program.

    Mrs. Morales has presented hundreds of educational seminars on employment, insurance, health care, finances, and advocacy issues throughout the country for patients, survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, advocates, lawyers, employers, and the general public.

    Mrs.Morales co-authored a book on Cancer Rights Law for the American BarAssociation, released in 2018. In 2017, she wrote a book chapter, “Preventing or Minimizing Financial Toxicity Across the Continuum of Cancer Care,” for the Oncology Nursing Society’s book, “Cancer Survivorship: Transdisciplinary, Patient-Centered Approaches to the Season of Survival.” In 2009, she contributed to a book entitled, “Work and Cancer Survivors.” She’s also been published in Psycho-Oncology, Coping with Cancer,Women, and other publications, including a book entitled, “Work and CancerSurvivors.”

    In addition, Mrs. Morales has served on numerous cancer community committees and boards, including as Chair of the Board of Directors for the California Division of the American Cancer Society, the National Advisory Board of CancerForward, the Stupid Cancer Survivorship Advisory Council, ZERO Prostate Cancer’s Medical Advisory Board, and the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association’s Breast Cancer Task Force. 

    Mrs. Morales has received numerous awards and recognitionfor her service to the cancer community and her work in the area of legislativeadvocacy, such as the 2009 Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Public Policy Advocateof the Year and the 2015 Legacy Advocate Award from Stupid Cancer.

    In 2010, shewas also recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 20Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.

    Mrs. Morales received a Bachelors of Arts degree inPolitical Science with an emphasis in International Relations from theUniversity of California Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from LoyolaLaw School Los Angeles.  

    She can be followed on Twitter @CancerRights.




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