On February 11th, DRLC filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill California patients to obtain aid in dying from their physician. The plaintiffs, consisting of patients and doctors, are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent terminally ill patient should not be subject to criminal prosecution under existing California law.
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DRLC needs enthusiastic volunteers for all our programs. Please call 213-736-1479 to volunteer. If you have skills and talents in areas not listed below, just let us know!
Intake: Return phone calls regarding disability-related disputes, consult with attorneys on recommendations and write letters to callers providing resources and referrals. This does not require legal knowledge or a law degree, just the ability to ask a set of questions, listen sympathetically, take notes of the caller's issue and consult with an attorney as to what course of action DRLC will take. This is a great opportunity to help someone in a difficult situation!
We need Volunteers to assist with calls to DRLC's general telephone line and to the Cancer Legal Resource Center information line. We provide training in interviewing skills, data entry, and common legal issues.
Minimum commitment = 4 hours a week (weekdays only). We especially need volunteers in January (January 2-24), May, August, September, and December.
Administration: Assist with operations, financial/statistical projects, administrative work, filing documents, organizing press packets, putting together resource packets, creating address labels and data entry. We also need paralegal assistance with case files.
Special Events: We need volunteers to assist with planning and staffing outreach events (health fairs, open houses, training events). You can work on the entire event or just one part of it. Often you can work from your own home/office on your own schedule.
For more information please contact: Jonathan Rivera at (213)-736-1479.
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