The Health Law Section's Breast Cancer Initiative is designed to lead and implement educational programming focused on protecting the legal rights of breast cancer patients, in particular, and cancer patients in general. It seeks to provide training for attorneys counseling cancer patients and their families regarding the legal issues related to cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Membership in the Interest Group is free to all ABA Members. If you're interested in joining, please click here or contact Carol Simmons, Associate Director, at

September 26, 2018 (Tentative) - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop

October 2018 (Tenative) - Free Webinar - Details to be announced

March 13, 2019 - Orlando, FL - Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop

March 14, 2018 - Orlando, FL - Breast Cancer Fun Run Walk

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The Cancer Rights Law Textbook

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ISBN: 978-1-64105-112-5
Product Code: 5630144
2018, 396 pages, 7x10

Available in paperback or ebook formats

Cancer Rights Law provides an overview of key areas of the law that often come into play for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, including health insurance, employment, disability insurance, genetics, estate planning and medical decision making, and finances and consumer rights.

Whether you teach a law school class, run a legal clinic, are interested in forming a medical-legal partnership, want to provide pro bono legal services, are responsible for navigating patients through their cancer experience, or are coping with your own cancer diagnosis, this book will provide valuable information and practical resources to effectively navigate cancer-related legal issues. 

The primary goals of the ABA Health Law Section Breast Cancer Initative Interest Group are to:

  1. Create substantive legal advocacy training for lawyers;
  2. Provide resources for lawyers and patients facing breast cancer; and
  3. Educate women, attorneys, and policy-makers on the wide range of legal issues impacting women's health

Since 2007, the ABA Health Law Section Breast Cancer Initiatives Interest Group has sponsored 33 Training Workshops across the country reaching almost 1,000 attorneys and made webinars available to many more attorneys to provide training.  As a result, we have trained more than a thousand attorneys on the legal issues impacting cancer patients, survivors and their families and enabled them to provide free or low cost legal services to individuals and families in need.

Over the last three years, the Breast Cancer Initiatives Interest Group has sponsored 4 webinars and distance learning opportunities for attorneys reaching over 2,500 law professionals. We have also sponsored Fun/Run Walks during the Health Law Section’s Emerging Issues Conference totaling over 75 participants over the last three years and raising almost $2,000 for cancer legal advocacy education and outreach.

In the coming year, the Breast Cancer Initiatives Interest Groups hopes to reach out to cancer patients, their families, cancer support organizations, and oncology professionals by (1) increasing the number of attorneys we are training by at least 15%, (2) working with cancer legal advocacy organizations to connect the attorneys we have trained with local and national opportunities to put their training to use for those in need, and (3) working closely with cancer advocacy and support organizations, oncology health care providers, and cancer centers to identify areas of new or evolving legal needs and issues faced by cancer patients, survivors and their families both during diagnosis and treatment and thereafter.

Partnering with Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization providing cancer survivorship education and resources, we published Cancer Rights Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach in early 2018. This was written with the goal of generating greater awareness of the legal issues that often arise as a result of a cancer diagnosis and to clultivate more advocates to assist cancer survivors, their families, friends, and caregivers in navigating those isues.

Cancer Rights - An Overview of Relevant Legal Issues 
Tues, June 26, 2018

To view slides, click here
To view recording, click here

The authors of our latest ABA HLS publication “Cancer Rights Textbook” spoke on legal issues facing cancer patients and covered a variety of legal topics impacting cancer patients and survivors.

Monica Bryant,
Cancer Rights Attorney, COO, Triage Cancer, Chicago, IL

Jennifer L. Rangel,
Partner, Locke Lord, Austin, TX


In addition to the live in-person training workshops, the Breast Cancer Initiatives Interest Group also provides periodic 90-minute webinars. These session focus on such issues as cancer rights, advocating for breast cancer patients and their families, and other cancer related topics designed to bring our training workshops to a greater audience.

Recorded webinars currently available include:

<p><b>Issues of Providing Culturally Competent Care for Breast Cancer Patients<br></b> Tuesday, November 7, 2017<br><b><a href="/content/dam/aba/administrative/healthlaw/Cultural_Competence_for_Breast_Cancer_Treatment.pdf" target="_blank">Slide 1</a>&nbsp; /&nbsp;<a href="/content/dam/aba/administrative/healthlaw/11072017_Cultural_Competency.pdf" target="_blank">Slide 2</a>&nbsp; /&nbsp;<a href="/content/dam/aba/administrative/healthlaw/Their_Stories_Matter_Effectively_Counseling_Clients_with_Breast_Cancer.pdf" target="_blank">Materials</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><b>Listen to the recording</b></a></b><br>Provided an in-depth look at culturally compliant care including the hurdles and difficulties present today related to screening and diagnostic services while considering factors of religion, ethnicity, race and poverty. Examine implications from both a healthcare provider's perspective and patient's perspective.</p>

<p><b>Navigating the Challenges of Palliative / Hospice Care in Home &amp; Other Settings</b><br>Tuesday, October 3, 2017<br><b><a href="/content/dam/aba/administrative/healthlaw/FINAL_Navigating_the_Challenges.pdf" target="_blank">View the slides</a> / <a href="" target="_blank">Listen to the recording</a></b><br>Examines the challenges that arise in connection with patients who suffer from progressive life-threatening diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and end-stage renal disease and their need for palliative or hospice care at home or in other settings. Emphasis was given to issues encountered by attorneys who represent either these health care providers or the patients/families who must navigate these situations.</p>

Upcoming Workshop Schedule

September 26, 2018 (Tentative) - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop

October 2018 (Tenative) - Free Webinar - Details to be announced

March 13, 2019 - Orlando, FL - Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop*

March 14, 2018 - Orlando, FL - Breast Cancer Fun Run Walk*

*Held in conjunction with the Health Law Section 20th Anniversary Conference on Emerging Issues in Health Care Law (JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL). Details scheduled for release in November 2018.

Past Workshop Materials

2018 Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop Program Materials<br>February 21, 2018<br><ul><li><a href="/content/dam/aba/events/health_law/breastcancer/schedule.pdf" target="_blank">Program Schedule</a></li><li><a href="/content/dam/aba/events/health_law/breastcancer/about.pdf" target="_blank">Welcome</a></li><li><a href="">ABA Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Guide</a></li<li><a href="/content/dam/aba/events/health_law/breastcancer/insurance.pdf" target="_blank">Insurance &amp; Employee Benefits</a></li><li><a href="/content/dam/aba/events/health_law/breastcancer/leave.pdf" target="_blank">Leave &amp; Accommodations</a></li><li><a href="/content/dam/aba/events/health_law/breastcancer/endlife.pdf" target="_blank">End of Life Decision-Making</a></li><li><a href="/content/dam/aba/events/health_law/breastcancer/involve.pdf" target="_blank">How to Get Involved</a></li><li><a href="/content/dam/aba/events/health_law/breastcancer/clcr.pdf" target="_blank">Cancer Legal Resource Center</a></li><li>Other Resources<ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Medical Legal Partnerships for Health</a> (Arizona)</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Know Cancer -- Finding Legal Assistance for Families and Patients</a></li></ul>

Each year during the Health Law Section's Annual Conference on Emerging Issues in Healthcare, the Breast Cancer Initiatives Interest Group sponsors an early morning Fun Run / Walk to raise money for support of advocacy for legal aid programs supporting cancer patients and their families.


SAVE THE DATE<BR>Join us in 2019 for our Annual Fun Run/Walk<br>Thursday, March 14, 2019<br>JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes<br>Orlando, FL<br>Details scheduled for release in Fall 2018<br>Participation Donation: $25 per person

<br>2018 Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk</p><p>Scottsdale, AZ</p>

Breast Cancer Initiatives Partnership with CLRC

The ABA’s Breast Cancer Initiative was first introduced in 1993 by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to provide information and education on a wide range of legal issues related to women's health, and to provided resources to lawyers and consumers facing breast cancer.

In 2008, the ABA Health Law Section assumed responsibility for the Breast Cancer project. Shortly thereafter, we partnered with the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) to further our shared breast cancer legal advocacy goals.

Learn more about the stories of attorneys who have survived breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Watch your email for information on the Breast Cancer Initiatives Breast Cancer activities for this coming October.

Wanted -- Law Student Liaison 

The Breast Cancer Initiative Interest Group is currently seeking a 2L to serve as liaison to the Executive Leadership Team. Duties include participating on monthly conference calls, distribution of information to law students, assisting in the planning and implementation of the workshop and fun run and other activities depending upon your interests.  For more information contact Carol Simmons, Health Law Section Associate Director.

Breast Cancer Initiatives Executive Committee