Elizabeth Eubanks to oversee cases affecting low-income residents of the Inland Empire.

ONTARIO, Calif. – The Disability Rights Legal Center has chosen a children’s and disability  rights attorney to oversee cases at its Inland Empire clinic, located at the University of La Verne College of Law.

Elizabeth Eubanks will provide education advocacy services and representation in civil rights litigation affecting low-income residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and will help to facilitate interagency cooperation among agencies providing programs, services and support to children and adults with disabilities.

She will also lead a team of five to six law students as they gain hands-on experience in disability-related cases. She began her new role in August.

“I am passionate about exposing this area of law to up-and-coming attorneys,” Eubanks said. “It really tends to move everyone that gets involved because it is so meaningful and it has a lasting impact on the students and our clients.”

The DRLC is currently handling eight cases out of the Inland Empire, ranging from individual special education needs to federal litigation on access to public programs and services. Qualified residents can receive free assistance to resolve conflicts related to their disabilities, or the disabilities of their children.

“The goal of the DRLC’s clinic is to educate the next generation of law students to advocate for the rights of adults and children with disabilities,” Eubanks said. “I want our clients in the community to know that there is an organization here that is really striving to bridge the gaps to help them overcome obstacles and to empower them.”

The Disability Rights Legal Center, based in Los Angeles, opened the Inland Empire clinic at La Verne Law in 2007. It focuses on disability civil rights litigation and special education issues for low-income and minority families, and addresses some of the most extreme problems for people with disabilities, including: the failure to provide free and appropriate education for students with disabilities; the treatment of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice and foster care systems; and lack of access to the justice system and lack of access to health care. For information, visit www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org or call 909-460-2034.

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About the University of La Verne College of Law The University of La Verne College of Law, located just east of Los Angeles in inland Southern California, is situated in a growing metropolitan region of more than 6 million people. Founded in 1970, La Verne Law is a part of the University of La Verne, which enjoys a 121-year reputation for providing a sound education built on lifelong learning, community service, diversity and a values-based orientation.  La Verne Law is the only law school in all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties provisionally approved by the American Bar Association.

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