DRLC is pleased to announce Kathryn L. Tucker, Esq., as its new Executive Director and Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs. Ms. Tucker joins DRLC from the national nonprofit organization Compassion & Choices, where she worked to improve patient rights and choice at the end of life as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for two decades. She also served as lead counsel in two landmark end of life care cases before the United States Supreme Court, which established the right of dying patients to aggressive pain management.
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Preliminary Approval Granted in DRLC's Class Action against the County of Los Angeles
On February 26, 2013, Judge Consuelo B. Marshall issued an order granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Class Action Settlement between DRLC and co-counsel Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), and the County of Los Angeles in the precedent setting emergency management planning case Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al., Case No.: 2:09-cv-00287-CBM-RZ. A fairness hearing will be scheduled in the next few months. The class settlement, once approved, will require the County of Los Angeles to include the unique needs of people with disabilities in their emergency management plans, positively impacting the lives of some 800,000 persons. DRLC and co-counsel reached a similar settlement with the City of Los Angeles last year.
To view the Notice of Class Settlement, please click here.
To view a PDF of the Settlement, please click here.