Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

A. Milton Miller Memorial Fund, Inc. dba Disability Rights Legal Center

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • http://www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org

Mission Statement

To champion the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation.

Main Programs

  1. Disability Rights Litigation Program
  2. Cancer Legal Resource Center
  3. Community Advocacy Program
  4. Inland Empire Program
  5. Education Advocacy Project

service areas

National

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ruling year

1980

chief executive for fy 2014

Ms. Kathryn L. Tucker Esq.

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Keywords

disability, legal, law ,cancer, advocacy, special education, training, disability rights, equality

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EIN

95-2960607

Physical Address

800 South Figueroa Street Suite 1120

Los Angeles, 90017 2759

Also Known As

Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC)

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Cancer (G30)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Disability Rights Litigation Program

The Disability Rights Litigation Program litigates impact discrimination cases that address the civil rights of people with all types of disabilities, physical, sensory, learning, mental and intellectual. This includes class action and individual cases involving cutting-edge legal issues in the area of disability rights. Our cases challenge discriminatory practices by government agencies, businesses, and educational institutions. Examples include: inaccessible newly constructed or altered buildings, refusal to provide sign language interpreters or alternative format materials, inaccessible government programs, discriminatory insurance and health care systems, inaccessible transportation services, and policies that exclude people with disabilities. The new HIV Law and Policy Project is a legal and policy resurce for people affected by HIV. The project works to reduce the impact of HIV on vulnerable and marginalized communites and to secure the human rights of people affected by HIV.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$666,068.00

Population Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Program 2

Cancer Legal Resource Center

Cancer Legal Resource Center: Founded in 1997, this is a joint program of the DRLC and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) provides information and education to cancer patients, their families, and health care professionals, about the rights and legal issues confronting a diagnosis of cancer. The CLRC has access to a panel of volunteer attorneys and other professionals willing to assist those who need individual representation. The CLRC is the only entity providing this type of specific service in the United States and its toll-free number is the referral source for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the program’s national hotline received more than 4,000 phone calls and its website received more than 8,000 views. In addition, last year the CLRC reached over 45,000 people through more than 150 seminars, community events and online resource downloads including “The Manual: A Legal Resource Guide for People with Cancer in California” and the recently published “The HCP Manual: A Legal Guide for Health Care Professionals.” The largest event CRLC hosts are the Cancer Legal Rights Conferences. This year, CLRC hosted two conferences, one in Chicago, Illinois and another at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The conference at UCLA was the most successful yet, drawing more than 221 patients, caregivers, health care professionals, advocates, and attorneys in attendance. The CLRC hosted Cancer Rights Conferences in 2011 in Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, and Ann Arbor, MI. The CLRC is hosting a Skadden Fellow this year who is working on issues of genetic discrimination: social or economic discrimination based on a person’s hereditary predisposition to a particular disease.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$652,501.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Female Adults

Program 3

Community Advocacy Program

In response to the legal needs of the disability community, the Community Advocacy Program,supervised by an attorney fellow, utilizes law student externs and volunteers to provide legal information to DRLC callers with disability-related issues or disputes so that they may explore all available options. The call line also functions as the intake mechanism for the DRLC, which utilizes a software intake database and case tracking system. Callers receive resources that will connect them with relevant service providers, and help with self-advocacy. The attorney fellow works closely with the Legal Director to identify systemic issues appropriate for DRLC impact litigation. In addition, the DRLC provides legal, but non-litigation, advocacy on discrete issues confronted by our callers. The Lawyer Referral service provides referrals to attorneys qualified to handle cases via the following panels: Education Law; Labor and Employment; Access to Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities; Administrative Law and Estate Planning The DRLC’s toll free number is 1-866-912-8193.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$166,434.00

Population Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

Program 4

Inland Empire Program

DRLC's Inland Empire Program is located at the University of La Verne, College of Law where students work with staff attorneys to provide direct legal services to the communities of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. All services are provided free of charge for low income families. The IE office also participates in numerous collaborative efforts to facilitate interagency cooperation among agencies charged with providing programs, services and supports to children and adults with disabilities. DRLC works with pro bono co-counsel, community advocates, law clerks, and parents towards this end.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$173,756.00

Population Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Adults

Adults

Program 5

Education Advocacy Project

The Education Advocacy Program (EAP) litigates systemic reform cases on behalf of students with disabilities to ensure that they receive the special education and related services to which they are entitled under federal and state law. The EAP also offers a range of services including direct representation, pro bono referrals, brief service consultations, outreach and self-advocacy training to low-income parents of students with disabilities entitled to special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related laws. The EAP attorneys supervise law students representing students and their families in administrative hearings including Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, mediations and due process hearings; refer children and student clients for adequate assessments; advocate for the appropriate integration of students with and without disabilities in the classroom; train parents and others to advocate for students; and provide information sessions to judges and other court personnel on issues confronting students with disabilities. All of the aforementioned services are provided in both English and Spanish. In addition, DLRC attorneys co-teach with the Executive Director Special Education Law to undergraduates in Loyola Marymount University’s School of Education.

Category

Crime & Legal

Budget

$322,470.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Adults

service areas

National

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Blog

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Social Media

@: https://www.facebook.com/DisabilityRightsLegalCenter

@disabilityrlc

@disabilityrlc

@disabilityrlc

Funding Needs

People with disabilities are in need of disability rights lawyers to help them cope with disability-related legal issues in a deepening recession, as governments and businesses balance their budgets on constituencies that they believe do not have representation to challenge these actions. In addition, people affected by cancer are thrust into a complicated morass of legal issues involving insurance and healthcare reform, retaining employment, housing, and the unknown issues surrounding genetic testing. DRLC provides legal assistance at no-charge. At the same time, legal organizations, like DRLC, are facing their own uphill recession-related challenges, including reduction in just about every revenue stream, including the state provided income for legal services to the poor. In this environment, ensuring justice and access to needed resources for low-income adults and children with disabilities requires substantial commitments from individuals, from traditional funders, from the legal community and the corporate community.

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A Milton Miller Memorial Fund Inc Disability Rights Legal Center
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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A. Milton Miller Memorial Fund, Inc. dba Disability Rights Legal Center

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Kathryn L. Tucker Esq.

BIO

Kathryn L. Tucker is Executive Director of Disability Rights Legal Center
(DRLC). As Executive Director, Ms. Tucker oversees the Disability
Litigation Program, Cancer Legal Resource Center, HIV Law and Policy
Project, and Pro Bono services. She is also an Associate Professor at
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching in the areas of law, medicine
and ethics, with a focus on the end of life. Prior to joining DRLC, Ms.
Tucker served as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for Compassion
& Choices, where she worked to improve care and expand choices at the
end of life. She also practiced at Perkin Coie, and served as Adjunct
Professor of Law at the University of Washington, Seattle University and
Lewis & Clark Schools of Law.
Ms. Tucker is a graduate of Hampshire College and Georgetown
University Law School. She was recently added to the Fulbright
Specialist Roster by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education
and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Exchange of
Scholars, to share her scholarship abroad. In March 2015, Ms. Tucker
will serve as a Fulbright Specialist with a Faculty Appointment at the
University of Auckland.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"For the last 39 years, the Disability Rights Legal Center has emphasized performance. In our 2013 fiscal year we succeeded in providing the highest level of legal service to people with disabilities despite a difficult economy for our funders and supporters. I strongly believe that the DRLC is the best legal advocate for the disability community and that our board and staff can, and will, continue to build on our momentum. We have filed amicus briefs in courts across the nation, and our community outreach has built on our rich heritage of delivering accurate and timely information about disability rights to individuals, to government agencies, and to the business community. Milt Miller, the amazing attorney for whom this Center was dedicated 39 years ago, worked ceaselessly to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. We continue his vision as our responsibility. And, at the same time, we will not lose sight of our values: advocacy, education and learning, justice and fairness, impact, and excellence. We begin our 39th year knowing that we one of the nation’s leaders in disability rights and we will continue to lead with the highest impact possible."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael McDonough Esq.

Pillsbury Law

Term: Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

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