Law professionals will discuss trends and opportunities in the field Oct. 10 at La Verne Law.

ONTARIO, Calif. – Members of the public are invited to attend the Disability Rights Legal Center’s open house and panel discussion from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the University of La Verne College of Law. The event is free, but pre-registration is required at 213-736-8195 or luis.gomez@lls.edu. Refreshments will be provided.

Speakers include Associate Justice Carol D. Codrington of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, followed by a panel discussion, “Efficacy of Clinical Programs for Rising Attorneys in the Disability Community,” featuring attorneys Paula Pearlman, executive director of the Disability Rights Legal Center; Jack B. Clarke, partner at Best Best & Krieger; and Jason Thompson, of Thompson Advocacy.

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.

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.

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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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