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  • Title: LEGAL ACTION CENTER
    Descriptive info: .. Helping People Rebuild their Lives with Dignity.. Advocacy.. Research.. Training.. Assistance.. About Us.. Mission, Programs and History.. Awards.. Staff.. Board of Directors.. Employment.. Support LAC.. Donate Online.. Print Donation Form.. Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards.. Newsroom.. Blog.. Feature Story Archives.. Contact Us.. Search.. Legal Services.. National Advocacy.. Healthcare Reform.. New York Advocacy.. Budget Central.. Arthur Liman Policy Research Institute.. Resources.. Free Publications.. Free Webinars.. Training/Technical Assistance.. Advocacy Toolkits.. Get Updates.. LAC Online Store.. LAC on Amazon Smile.. LAC is now on Amazon Smile.. This is a great chance to give back while buying gifts.. If you shop on Amazon, you can easily arrange to have Amazon.. com donate a portion of every purchase you make to LAC.. This is money donated by amazon.. com, not you! Click.. here.. to start.. HIRE and Partners Issue New Hiring Report.. Addresses widespread use of prior criminal convictions in screening and disqualifying job applicants which disproportionately affects minorities.. Voting Rights of New Yorkers With Criminal Records.. Free, downloadable videos created by  ...   knowledge to find jobs and prepare them for the challenges of re-entry.. Available online or in DVD form.. Confidentiality and Communication 2012 Now Available.. New and updated info on e-health, the new HITECH Act, Prescription Monitoring Programs, and more!.. LAC in the News: Medicaid and the Criminal Justice System.. Our Director and Deputy Director, Paul N.. Samuels and Anita Marton, speak to the Pew Charitable Trust s Stateline about the impact of the ACA on Medicaid and reentry.. Need Help?.. Legal advice, workshops and training.. Necesita Ayuda?.. Partner with LAC: Donate Today.. Join the fight for civil rights.. and smart public policy.. News and Highlights.. LAC Director/President, Paul Samuels, Honored.. CSG Justice Center Releases Medicaid Brief in Partnership with LAC.. LAC Releases FAQs on Recently Released Federal Parity Regulations.. Special Projects.. Working to increase the number and quality of job opportunities for people with criminal records.. Bringing together advocates from the mental health and substance use disorder fields for a united force.. All contents 2012 Legal Action Center..

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  • Title: LEGAL ACTION CENTER
    Descriptive info: LAC s Mission.. The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.. For four decades, LAC has worked to combat the stigma and prejudice that keep  ...   is committed to helping people reclaim their lives, maintain their dignity, and participate fully in society as productive, responsible citizens.. Jobs.. LAC is a non-profit public interest law firm and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with alcohol or drug problems, HIV/AIDS or criminal records.. Institutional Giving Officer.. (New York).. Internships.. (Washington, DC)..

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  • Title: LEGAL ACTION CENTER
    Descriptive info: Programs.. Alcohol and Drug.. LAC works to reduce alcohol and drug addiction and abuse by providing legal assistance to people in recovery or still suffering from addiction.. LAC also works with programs that serve them to fight discrimination and violations of privacy, and conducts public policy advocacy and research to expand treatment, prevention and research and promote other sound policies.. HIV/AIDS.. LAC works to prevent HIV/AIDS by providing legal assistance to people with HIV and programs that serve them, and advocating for expanded prevention, care and other services.. Criminal Justice.. LAC helps improve the criminal justice system by aiding qualified people with criminal records obtain employment and services needed to re-enter society successfully, assisting programs that work with them, and conducting public policy advocacy and research to reform sentencing laws, expand community corrections, and promote other sound policies.. History.. The Vera Institute of Justice established the Legal Action Center in 1973 to address the intersecting problems of addiction and crime and assist those most affected.. In the mid-1980's, the Legal Action Center added AIDS to our mission because so many people with alcohol and drug problems or criminal records also have or are at risk for HIV/AIDS.. To learn more about the different areas of our work, click on the Full Project Listing button on the left of the screen.. To view LAC's most recent audit reports, visit the financial statements section of this web site.. The Legal Action Center works to reduce addiction, AIDS and crime by advocating for:.. the civil rights of people in recovery from alcohol and drug dependence, people with HIV/AIDS and individuals with past criminal records by fighting stigma and discriminatory barriers to employment, housing and social services, and protecting confidentiality; and.. expanded treatment, prevention and research, alternatives to incarceration and community corrections, sentencing reform, and other sound public policies.. LAC pursued a litigation strategy in the 1970's, successfully challenging such employers as the New York City Transit Authority and the U.. S.. Postal Service who refused to hire people in treatment for alcohol and drug problems and sometimes people otherwise in recovery and people with criminal records.. LAC has brought cases at every level, including the United States Supreme Court, which set important precedents protecting our clients from discrimination.. For example, in the 1980's, LAC sued the Veterans Administration for denying extended educational benefits to GI s in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction on the grounds that addiction was willful misconduct rather than a disease.. When the  ...   of LAC s many cases, as we provide legal counseling to many hundreds of clients each year.. To download "Legal Action Center s Leading Cases," which contains legal citations and brief descriptions of cases brought by LAC, and other documents, visit the.. Publications.. section of this web site.. Beginning in the early 1980 s and continuing to the present day LAC s work has expanded to include public policy advocacy and research as well as training and technical assistance to service providers, government agencies, policy makers and other interested organizations and individuals.. Established in 1989, LAC s Washington, D.. C.. office consults regularly with members of Congress and officials from such federal agencies as the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and its Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Justice.. LAC s New York office works closely with the New York State Legislature and many New York State and City Executive agencies, including the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Health and its AIDS Institute, and the Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, as well as the City Council and numerous City agencies.. Both of LAC s offices work closely with advocates, service providers, government officials and policy makers in states all over the country.. We advocate for sound policy in the areas of addiction, criminal justice and HIV/AIDS.. LAC launched the Arthur Liman Policy Institute in November 1998 to expand our public policy work in the areas of addiction, AIDS, and criminal justice through a program of research, publication, and education.. The Arthur Liman Policy Institute has issued ground-breaking reports that helped shape federal and state policies on the best ways to address the addiction and reentry of people with criminal records in welfare reform, Medicaid funding for addiction treatment, and access to alcohol and drug treatment for women with children.. For more than two decades treatment and prevention service providers, health officials, community corrections agencies, government agencies and many others across the nation have depended on LAC for legal guidance on issues related to discrimination, confidentiality of records, managed care, and a host of other issues.. LAC has answered questions on our telephone hotline, conducted training sessions in every state in the Union and most of the territories, and published books and newsletters..

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  • Title: LEGAL ACTION CENTER
    Descriptive info: LAC Staff.. Dan Belnap.. |.. Sherie V.. Boyd.. Janet Coleman.. Crystal M.. Ferguson.. Sally Friedman.. Tracie Gardner.. Gabrielle de la Gueronniere.. Robert B.. Levy.. Karla Lopez.. Anita R.. Marton.. Roberta Meyers.. Frank Murphy.. Mark O'Brien.. | Lionel Oglesby |.. Catherine H.. O Neill.. Gladys Peeples.. Michael Perez.. | Jessica Ramos |.. Paul N.. Samuels.. Vanessa Severino.. | Sebastian Solomon | Joseph N.. Thompson |.. Kate Wagner-Goldstein.. Monica Welby.. Brent Yoshikami.. Dan Belnap, Senior Health Policy Analyst.. : Dan joined Legal Action Center s Washington DC office in August 2008.. At Legal Action Center, Dan s work focuses primarily on national advocacy efforts to expand effective health policy responses to drug and alcohol addiction.. Dan came to Legal Action Center from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), where he worked on issues related to Medicaid, covering the uninsured, and access to care.. Before joining NASHP, Dan was a policy advocate working to improve anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs at Utahns Against Hunger.. He holds a Master s Degree in Political Science from the University of Utah.. Back to top.. Boyd, Office Manager.. : Sherie V.. Boyd joined the Legal Action Center in November 2006.. Ms.. Boyd manages LAC's Washington, DC office for LAC's National Policy Team.. Boyd also serves as Administrative Assistant for the State Associations of Addiction Services.. In addition to performing a variety of administrative functions, Ms.. Boyd also is responsible for formatting and disseminating a number of electronic newsletters and alerts for the Center.. Prior to joining LAC, Ms.. Boyd worked for five years as the Administrative Assistant II for Joseph J.. Blake & Associates, Inc.. , located in Washington, DC.. Boyd also serves as an Election Judge for the state of Maryland.. Boyd is currently attending P.. G.. Community College in Largo, Maryland, where she is pursuing a degree in Business Management Science.. Janet Coleman, Accountant.. : Janet Coleman joined the Legal Action Center in September 2000.. She works as the Center s accountant.. Ferguson, Senior Administrative Assistant:.. Crystal joined the Legal Action Center in November of 2006 bringing over 8 years of administrative experience.. Crystal is the assistant to the Center s Senior Vice-President, Vice-President, New York Policy Director/ WISH-NY Coordinator and Fiscal Department.. Before coming to the Legal Action Center, Crystal worked at the National Development and Research Institutes and the Fortune Society.. Sally Friedman, Legal Director:.. Friedman directs the Center s Legal Department, which serves over 2,500 clients annually and provides trainings and technical assistance for hundreds of health and social service program serving LAC s constituency.. Since joining the Legal Action Center in October of 1993, Sally Friedman has prosecuted cases involving the breach of HIV confidentiality and discrimination on basis of HIV status, criminal record, and drug or alcohol history.. She has also advised and trained hundreds of organizations across the country on privacy and anti-discrimination laws protecting individuals with HIV, criminal records, and alcohol/drug histories.. Friedman has authored numerous publications and produced video/DVD and online trainings on these topics.. She is a graduate of Brown University and New York University Law School.. Tracie M.. Gardner, Director of State Policy:.. Gardner joined the Legal Action Center in October of 2000 as Director of New York State Policy.. She coordinates the Center s lobbying, advocacy, grass roots organizing and policy work on issues relating to HIV/AIDS, criminal justice and substance abuse in New York State.. She is also the coordinator of an advocacy project at the Center, the Women s Initiative to Stop HIV/AIDS, NY (WISH-NY).. Ms Gardner started WISH-NY to respond to the escalating rates of HIV infection among women and girls of color.. Prior to joining the Legal Action Center, Ms.. Gardner has worked in various capacities of national and New York HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy since 1987.. Gardner is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.. Gabrielle de la Gueronniere, JD; Director for National Policy:.. Gabrielle de la Guéronnière leads the Center’s federal policy advocacy to expand and improve the health responses to drug and alcohol addiction, and to end discrimination against people with drug and alcohol histories and criminal records.. de la Guéronnière directed the Center’s federal advocacy toward passage into law of the Second Chance Act reentry legislation and successful inclusion of strong addiction and mental health provisions in the Affordable Care Act.. de la Guéronnière currently works with Congress and the Administration to increase funding for drug and alcohol prevention, treatment, recovery, and research programming; to ensure that the federal health care reform law is implemented well for people with addiction and mental health service needs; and to eliminate legal and policy barriers faced by people with criminal records and drug addiction histories.. de la Guéronnière coordinates and helps to direct strategy for the Coalition for Whole Health, a coalition of national addiction and mental health organizations, and is a frequent presenter on health and criminal justice policy at national and state-wide conferences.. de la Guéronnière joined the Legal Action Center’s Washington, DC, office in 2003, and, after serving in various policy positions at the Center, she became Director for National Policy in 2008.. de la Guéronnière is a graduate of Boston University and American University’s Washington College of Law.. Levy, Director of Development.. : Robert Levy is the Director of Development for the Legal Action Center.. Prior to joining LAC, Robert served as the Executive Director of the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation, the oldest and largest educational institute in Israel, dedicated to building a future of peace and democracy between Israeli Arabs and Jews.. He has worked as the ED or Director of Development for several social-service oriented non-profits, promoting education, medical research, elder care, and community outreach.. Robert has extensive experience in marketing and advertising, and teaches Entrepreneurship at the Fashion Institute of Technology.. He is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of the All Stars Project, Inc in New York, and has his own consulting firm dedicated to helping small businesses and non-profit organizations grow.. Karla Lopez, Staff Attorney.. : Karla Lopez joined the Legal Action Center in 2011, where she represents clients who have suffered discrimination based on their criminal histories, histories of substance use, or HIV/AIDS status, as well as clients whose HIV/AIDS confidentiality has been breached.. Karla  ...   Katie O Neill joined the staff of the Legal Action Center in 1977, became Executive Vice President in 1992 and Senior Vice President in 2000.. She oversees all of LAC s legal work, including providing legal and technical assistance and training to individuals and organizations, consulting with policy makers, and developing training materials and publications on a wide range of issues relating to drug and alcohol problems, HIV/AIDS, and criminal justice.. As litigation director, Ms.. O Neill supervises LAC s federal and state court litigation in the areas of discrimination based on disability (drug or alcohol history or treatment; HIV status) and criminal history and protection of confidentiality.. She is also responsible for directing LAC s HIV/AIDS Projects, which include training health and human service providers on confidentiality and other HIV-related legal issues, providing legal services to individuals and families with HIV and AIDS, and assisting policy makers.. O Neill is the author of many of LAC s manuals on confidentiality and discrimination issues.. She is a member of the Bar Association of the City of New York s AIDS Committee, a past president and member of Board of Directors of the New York AIDS Coalition andpast member of the Board of Directors of two New York City syringe exchange and harm reduction programs.. In 1992, she was awarded the Bar Association of the City of New York s Third Annual Legal Services Award.. O Neill is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale Law School.. Gladys Peeples, Executive Assistant:.. Gladys Peeples joined the staff of the Legal Action Center in 1985 as a Legal Secretary and Administrative Assistant to the President and Vice President.. In 1993, she became LAC s Office Manager.. Since 1996, she has worked as the Executive Assistant to LAC s President and Vice President.. In this position, she is responsible for all secretarial services, including telephone reception, travel arrangements, correspondence, reports, word processing and filing.. She acts as liaison between the President and the senior staff, is the primary back-up for the development office, and mentors and assists support staff.. Peeples worked for five years for the then New York State Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.. Michael J.. Perez, Paralegal.. : Michael joined the Legal Action Center in June 2011.. Before joining the Legal Action Center, Michael was an AmeriCorps fellow where he worked as a paralegal for the Monroe County Legal Assistance Center (MCLAC) in Rochester.. During his two years as an AmeriCorps fellow Michael worked intimately within MCLAC’s service areas of public benefits, housing, unemployment benefits, seniors law, re-entry, and fair housing.. Michael also created a legal services homelessness initiative where he went to various homeless shelters to provide legal assistance/intakes.. Michael graduated with a B.. A.. from Drew University where he majored in philosophy and minored in political science.. Samuels, Director and President:.. Paul Samuels is Director/President of the Legal Action Center.. Samuels has participated in ground-breaking litigation defending the rights of people with alcohol and drug histories, HIV disease and criminal records; worked on and overseen numerous advocacy campaigns to combat discrimination, expand services, reform sentencing laws, and effect other important public policy advances; testified before numerous Congressional and state legislative committees; lectured in more than 25 States; and served on numerous national and state advisory groups.. He has received a number of awards, including the Robert Wood Johnson Innovator Award (2002), The Betty Ford Award, AMERSA (1998), New York City Coalition of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Organizations (1997), Veritas Villa (1995), New York State Association for Alternative Sentencing Programs (1994), and National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (1992 and 1994).. Samuels joined the staff of the Legal Action Center while a law student in 1976, became a staff attorney upon graduation from Columbia Law School in 1979, became Executive Vice President in 1983 and Director/President in 1992.. He is a graduate of Harvard College.. Vanessa Severino, Senior Administrative Assistant:.. Vanessa Severino joined the Legal Action Center in October 1998.. Her duties include assisting attorneys, coordinating trainings and rap sheet workshops, organizing office operations and procedures such as, requisition of supplies and other clerical duties.. She previously spent five years working in a variety of capacities for the Women's Prison Association and Home.. Kate Wagner-Goldstein, Senior Staff Attorney.. Since joining the Center in 2010, Ms.. Wagner-Goldstein has represented individuals who have experienced discrimination because of a criminal record, drug/alcohol history, or HIV status, as well as those who suffered a breach of their HIV confidentiality rights.. She advises and trains organizations about privacy and anti-discrimination laws protecting the Center’s constituencies.. She also supervises the paralegal staff, who provide information and advocacy to thousands of clients each year.. Wagner-Goldstein was a Staff Attorney at the Bronx Defenders, where she represented people with criminal and family court cases.. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School.. Monica Welby, Senior Staff Attorney.. : Monica Welby joined the Legal Action Center’s Legal Department in November 2011.. She represents and advises individuals who have suffered discrimination because of a criminal record, drug/alcohol history, or HIV status, as well as those who suffered a breach of their HIV confidentiality rights.. Welby is actively involved in the Center’s development of impact litigation.. She also advises and trains organizations about privacy and anti-discrimination laws protecting the Center’s constituencies.. Welby is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Committee and a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.. Prior to joining the Legal Action Center, Monica Welby was a Litigation Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for five years.. She also was a law clerk to the Honorable Barry T.. Albin of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.. She is a graduate of Duke University and Rutgers School of Law – Newark.. Brent Yoshikami, Manager of Grants and Information Systems.. : Brent Yoshikami joined the Legal Action Center in November of 2011.. His work includes data and Information Systems analysis, web site maintenance, and grants management.. Before coming to LAC, he worked as a budget analyst for the Hawaii State Legislature and a data systems analyst for the State of Hawaii Department of Health.. Brent has a Bachelor's degree in Economics..

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    Descriptive info: LAC Board of Directors.. Daniel K.. Mayers.. , Chairman.. Stephanie Avakian.. Eric D.. Balber.. Elizabeth Bartholet.. Suzanne B.. Cusack.. Stephen M.. Cutler.. Edward J.. Davis.. Jason Flom.. Mary Beth Forshaw.. Robert E.. Fullilove.. Tino Hernandez.. Brad S.. Karp.. Doug Liman.. Elaine H.. Mandelbaum.. Michael Meltsner.. Marc L.. Miller.. Mark C.. Morril.. Mary E.. Mulligan.. William C.. Paley.. Dallas Pell.. Elizabeth M.. Sacksteder.. Ed Shaw.. Jane Velez.. Laurence M.. Westreich.. B.. Diane Williams.. Arthur Liman.. , Founding Chairman.. Mayers, Esq.. ,.. Chairman:.. Mayers joined the Legal Action Center Board in October, 1978, was elected Chairman of the Board in 1998 and re-elected in 2001.. Daniel Mayers is a recently retired senior partner in the Washington, D.. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering, which he joined in 1962 as an Associate.. He became a partner in 1967, after spending two years serving as Assistant to Undersecretary of State George Ball.. While actively practicing, Mr.. Mayers had a broad antitrust litigation and negotiation practice, representing numerous clients in private antitrust litigation and in FTC and DOJ actions and investigations.. He has represented Harvard University in a federal investigation and consent decree involving Ivy League financial aid, Intuit in negotiations with the Justice Department involving its acquisition by Microsoft, and the University of Utah in a federal investigation and consent decree involving health care issues.. He currently chairs a joint program on election reform law being carried out at Harvard and American University Law Schools.. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Educational Television Association, the Visiting Committee of the Board of Overseers of Harvard Law School, and the Sidwell Friends School.. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Americans for Peace Now, the Federal City Council, the Community Foundation for the National Capital Area, and the Washington Tennis Foundation.. (Back to top).. Stephanie Avakian, Esq.. :.. Avakian is a vice chair of WilmerHale's Securities Department, and a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group.. She joined the firm in 2000.. She is resident in WilmerHale's New York office, where she focuses on securities enforcement and regulatory matters, including internal corporate investigations and securities regulatory investigations, examinations and actions.. She represents major investment banks, public companies and individuals before the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, securities self-regulatory organizations and state authorities.. Avakian has conducted and overseen internal corporate investigations of potential violations of the federal securities laws and has advised on a variety of regulatory compliance issues.. She has represented corporations, financial institutions and individuals in a wide variety of government investigations and examinations, including into matters such as IPO-allocation practices, broker sales practices, mutual fund market timing, financial fraud, insider trading, bank fraud, executive compensation disclosure and trading practices.. Prior to joining the firm, Ms.. Avakian worked in various capacities at the SEC from 1995 through 1999.. From 1998 to 1999, she served as counsel to Commissioner Paul R.. Carey, and from 1995 to 1998, she was an attorney in the Division of Enforcement, serving as Branch Chief from 1997 to 1998.. Balber, Esq.. :.. Eric Balber was elected to the Legal Action Center Board in June of 1981.. Balber is a former staff attorney at the Legal Action Center and is currently a partner at Balber Marshall.. Professor Elizabeth Bartholet:.. Professor Bartholet joined the Legal Action Center Board in October 1977.. Elizabeth Bartholet has been Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law at Harvard Law School since 1996, where she has taught since 1977.. Professor Bartholet was the Legal Action Center s founding director and president prior to joining the Harvard faculty.. She teaches employment discrimination and family law, and her research and policy work focuses on adoption, child welfare, and reproductive technology.. Cusack:.. Cusack was elected to the Legal Action Center Board in September 1996.. She serves on the Board Development Committee.. Suzanne Cusack, along with her husband Jim, is the owner and director of Veritas Villa, a free-standing inpatient rehabilitation center for alcohol and drug dependence, and is responsible for many of its administrative functions, as well as conducting educational lectures and acting as liaison between management and staff.. Cusack is particularly interested in the issue of women s substance abuse problems and the difficulties faced by women in recovery, and is the author of two books on the subject.. Cusack has played a significant role in several organizations which focus on the issue of women and treatment, and was a founding member and past president of the New York Women s Coalition on Chemical Dependency.. Cutler, Esq.. Cutler is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of JPMorgan Chase and a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Operating Committee.. Cutler joined the company in February 2007.. Previously, he was a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and co-chair of the firm's Securities Department.. From to 2001 to 2005, Cutler served as Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement, where he oversaw the Commission s investigations of Enron and WorldCom, as well as those involving NYSE specialists, research analyst conflicts and mutual fund market timing and revenue sharing.. Before joining the SEC as Deputy Director of Enforcement in 1999, Cutler was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler Pickering.. Cutler is a 1985 graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a 1982 graduate (summa cum laude) of Yale University.. Davis, Esq.. Davis was elected to the Legal Action Center Board in May 1998.. He is Chair of the Board Development Committee.. Davis worked as a staff attorney at the Legal Action Center from 1988 to 1993.. He is now a Partner in the New York office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he specializes in media and intellectual property issues and business litigation.. Davis advises and represents many leading television, publishing and online media companies, as well as financial enterprises and non-profit organizations.. He has represented national coalitions of news organizations, museums and media advocacy groups in significant First Amendment and copyright cases.. His.. pro bono.. work includes international human rights, intellectual property and privacy matters.. Davis has chaired the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for the New York State Supreme Court and the Committee on Copyright and Literary Property of the New York City Bar Association and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Media Law and Defamation Torts.. He has previously served on the New York City Bar Association’s Committees on the Judiciary, Communications and Media Law, Civil Rights and Drugs and the Law.. Jason Flom:.. Flom is president of Lava Records.. He has previously served as the Chairman and CEO of music labels including Atlantic Records, Virgin Records, and the Capitol Music Group.. In addition to the Legal Action Center, Mr.. Flom is serves as a board member for various charitable organizations including The Innocence Project -- of which he is a founding board member -- Families Against Mandatory Minimums and the Drug Policy Alliance.. In addition, Flom has supported various medical research organizations including The T.. J.. Martell Foundation and City of Hope.. He was honored by the UJA Federation as their first "Music Visionary of the Year" in 2000, was awarded 1999's "Torch of Liberty" by the American Civil Liberties Union and was the honoree at the 2009 Innocence Project Gala.. Mary Beth Forshaw, Esq.. Mary Beth Forshaw is a Partner at Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP, where she is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and serves as Administrative Partner.. She represents clients in omplex commercial litigation and arbitration, including matters relating to bankruptcy, insurance coverage, cross border disputes and the financial industry.. Forshaw's recent experience includes successful representation of a client in a billion-dollar ICC arbitration arising out of the sale of a Korean company, representation of a domestic insurer in a three-month trial before a New Jersey state court relating to allocation and settlement issues, and representation of a Bermuda company in a several-week arbitration concerning accounting issues.. In addition to her trial and arbitration achievements, Ms.. Forshaw recently obtained an award of summary judgment in her client's favor on statute of limitations grounds in a lawsuit involving claims for defense and indemnification for several decades of asbestos and environmental losses.. She has also represented several debtors in contested confirmation proceedings and other disputes.. Forshaw received her B.. magna cum laude in 1984 from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa.. She received her J.. D.. in 1989 from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Yale Law Policy Review and was Director of the Jerome N.. Frank Legal Services Project.. Forshaw serves on the Leadership Council of the Barnard College Athena Center for Leadership Studies.. Fullilove, III, Ed.. is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs and Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.. He currently co-directs the Community Research Group at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.. He is also the co-director of the MPH degree program, Urbanism and the Built Environment in the department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health.. Dr.. Fullilove has published numerous articles on minority health with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as papers on such topics as mathematics and science education.. From 1995 to 2001, he served on the Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Sciences.. Since 1996, he has served on five IOM study committees that have produced reports on a variety of topics including substance abuse and addiction, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and damp indoor spaces and health.. In 2003 he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Science, an honor bestowed by the Academies for those who have made "significant contributions" to its work.. In 1998 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention (ACHSP) at the Centers for Disease Control, and in July, 2000, he became the committee's chair, serving in that capacity until fall 2004.. Finally, in 2004, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health [NIH].. Fullilove serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the Journal of Public Health Policy.. He is fluent in French and is a frequent lecturer at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers [The National Conservatory of Arts and Trades] in Paris.. He has twice been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award from the graduating class at the Mailman School of Public Health, and in May, 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bank Street College of Education.. :Tino Hernandez was appointed President and CEO of Samaritan Village, Inc.. in December 2008.. Samaritan Village is one of the largest non-profit providers of community-based substance abuse treatment services in New York State.. The agency assists addicted men and women and specializes in services for military veterans.. In February 2011, Samaritan opened the first residential treatment facility in the State specifically for women veterans.. Samaritan oversees 14 facilities in the city and in upstate New York including residential and outpatient treatment programs, transitional housing and shelters for homeless individuals and an active senior center.. Hernandez is a mayoral appointee to the City of New York’s Panel for Educational Policy and serves as its Chairman.. Hernandez also serves on the boards of the Board of Education Retirement System, the Legal Action Center and the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies.. Prior to joining Samaritan Village, Mr.. Hernandez was the second longest serving Chairman of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and oversaw a public housing and Section 8 system serving more than 680,000 New Yorkers.. Prior to NYCHA, Mr.. Hernandez served as Commissioner of the NYC Dept.. of Juvenile Justice, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Education and Human Services, Deputy Commissioner for Adult Services at the Department of Homeless Services, and Assistant Commissioner for HIV Program Services at the City’s Health Department.. Hernandez obtained a B.. degree from Adelphi University in 1986 and a Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany in 1988.. Hernandez is married and resides in Manhattan and is the father of two children.. Karp, Esq.. Chair of the firm Paul,  ...   American Jurisprudence Award in Administrative Law and the Moot Court Advocacy Award.. After law school, she served as a law clerk to The Honorable Henry A.. Politz of the U.. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and was a litigator at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.. In 2009, Ms.. Mulligan was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve as a commissioner on the Civilian Complaint Review Board.. Mulligan is a board member of the Legal Action Center and is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation.. She also serves on the Criminal Justice Act panel for the Southern District of New York representing indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings.. Mulligan is a member of the New York City Bar and the American Bar Association.. Paley, C.. William (Bill) Paley was born in New York City in March 1948.. After many tries at schooling he joined the Army in 1968.. Returning from Vietnam where he served as a motion picture photographer he was stationed in Washington.. He fell in love with the city and made it his home.. His various jobs since then include but are not limited to; boat yard worker, bartender, charter skipper, yacht broker, film maker, bar owner, restaurateur, teen disco owner, playboy, art warehouse manager, electronic media consultant, drug counselor and father.. Since 1980 he has been married to the gorgeous and talented Alison VanMetre Paley and has two huge and wonderful sons who are pursuing careers in interactive game design.. For the last 20 years Bill has practiced as an alcohol addiction and substance abuse therapist.. Bill’s current passion is the relaunching of his Grandfather’s company, La Palina Cigars, producing a boutique, all natural hand rolled tobacco product.. Philanthropic Interests: Clean and Sober Streets Inc.. ; Sascha Bruce Foundation; The Carter Center; Family Support Center; So Others May Eat; Central Kitchen; The Jerusalem Foundation; The Thelonious Monk Institute;.. Organizations: Leadership Washington; Vietnam Veterans of America; Committee to Protect Journalists; Massachusetts Ave.. Poker Club.. Board Seats: The Legal Action Center; The Oxford Houses of America; Washington Project for the Arts; District of Columbia Art Center (Emeritus); The Paley Center for Media; William S.. Paley Foundation; William C.. Paley Foundation.. Education: Brooks School; Manter Hall School; Cambridge School of Weston; Gstaad International School; Rollins College; New School for Social Research.. Certified Substance Abuse & Alcoholism Counselor, VA & DC.. Parents: William S.. Paley, Founder CBS Inc.. , President Museum of Modern Art; Barbara Cushing Paley, daughter of Harvey Cushing, Pulitzer Prize Winning Doctor acclaimed as "The Father of Neurosurgery".. was elected to the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center in September 2005.. Pell has a Masters of Arts in Education from Long Island University and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Boston University.. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Tony Award winning Trinity Repertory Company in Providence and is Vice-Chairman of Cliff Walk Commission.. Pell has worked as Director for Pell Grants for Public Safety and as the Development Director for the National Museum of American Illustration.. Pell is a passionate supporter of expanding educational opportunities for all, including people with criminal histories.. She has volunteered her services to the Learning Leaders of New York City, where she worked with children of all ages to help them develop confidence and success in education.. Her background also includes media work as producer, feature writer, literary agent, production Coordinator and staff writer for various companies, including In-flight Videos, Gulf Shore Life Magazine, John Brockman Association, September Productions and the Washington Gazette.. : Liz Sacksteder was elected to the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center in June 1013.. Sacksteder joined Citigroup in July 2009 as Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations.. Before joining Citi, Ms.. Sacksteder was Deputy General Counsel in the Law Department of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.. , where she was Director of Litigation for seven years and eventually assumed supervisory responsibility for additional legal functions.. Before going in-house in early 2002, she was a litigation partner at Sidley Austin in New York for almost seven years.. Sacksteder graduated from Yale Law School in 1988, clerked for the late Eugene H.. Nickerson in the Eastern District of New York, and spent her associate years at Milbank Tweed and Sidley Austin.. Ed Shaw:.. J.. Edward Shaw joined the Board of the Legal Action Center in October, 2003.. Shaw is a powerful and active member of the HIV/AIDS community.. Having been diagnosed with HIV in 1988, Mr.. Shaw has demonstrated through his activities the possibilities and dynamics of empowerment and how that assists in the management of HIV/AIDS.. He has participated in hundreds of HIV/AIDS symposia, conferences, and workshops at both community and government levels.. His leadership and voice is a constant in New York but also he has been heard at national forums.. Most recently he was a keynote speaker at the US Conference on AIDS in California (2002).. Over the past decade he has served in multiple leadership capacities including Community Co-Chair of the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York.. During that same period he has been appointed to many community and government mandated groups.. These groups include the New York City and New York State Prevention Planning Groups.. In addition to recently joining the Board of Directors of the Legal Action Center, Mr.. Shaw currently serves as a member to the National Association on HIV Over 50, Vice Chair of the New York Association on HIV over 50.. Shaw is also the Community Co-Chair of the NYS HIV Prevention Planning Group and serves as the Co-Chair to the Program Services Advisory Group at GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis).. Shaw also has valued affiliations in an advisory capacity with numerous local AIDS service organizations, including the Harlem Director's Group, ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America).. Recently, much of his time had been involved with being a member of the Host Committee for the 2004 PWA Summit.. This HIV/AIDS event is being held for the first time in New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic.. His volunteer efforts at local hospitals, when time permits, have not gone unnoticed.. Recently he was recognized for his 5000+ hours of volunteerism over the last several years.. Ed's education experience includes attendance at Cornell/Pace University with an emphasis on social activism.. Prior to being diagnosed with HIV he worked with multiple city agencies in social work case management.. Jane Velez:.. Velez was elected to the Legal Action Center Board in May 1990.. She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Palladia, Inc.. , formerly Project Return Foundation, Inc.. , where she has worked in various capacities since 1977.. Velez has complete responsibility for administration and management of Palladia, Inc, one of the largest not-for-profit, multi-service agencies in the country.. The organization aims to help individuals and families whose problems stem from substance abuse, homelessness, HIV disease, mental illness, criminality and/or domestic violence.. Palladia offers its wide range of services along a continuum of care, from outreach, prevention and treatment through supportive, permanent housing.. These services are designed to promote independence and responsible living.. Palladia, Inc.. pursues its mission by working in partnership with government, communities, academic institutions and the private sector.. Velez is a member of a large number of organizations, dealing with a wide variety of social concerns, including domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse and AIDS.. In addition, she serves on several boards, among them the NYC Community Services Board, Human Services Council and the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies.. Westreich, M.. : Laurence M.. is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of patients dually diagnosed with addiction and mental disorders.. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School Of Medicine and completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.. Westreich completed a residency in General Psychiatry at New York's Beth Israel Medical Center, and a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital.. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and holds a certificate of added qualifications in addiction psychiatry.. Westreich is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, and is the vice-president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.. He serves as the consultant on drugs of abuse to Major League Baseball, supervising employee assistance program in the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.. The author of.. Helping the Addict You Love.. , (Simon and Schuster, 2007) and.. Tough Talk About Addiction, A Guerrilla Guide for the Parents of Drug and Alcohol-Using Teenagers.. (To be published, May 2012), Dr.. Westreich formerly worked as the Director of Bellevue Hospital's Detoxification Unit and Dual Diagnosis Unit.. Diane Williams:.. Williams was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Safer Foundation in February 1996.. Safer Foundation is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of employment placement and job readiness training exclusively targeting people with criminal records.. Other educational and social services are provided in support of its employment programs.. Under her leadership, Safer Foundation has incorporated the “What Works” principles adopting evidence-based program designs and evaluations.. Under contract with the Illinois Department of Corrections, Safer manages two large adult transition centers with a total of 550 beds.. University research acknowledges the success of these programs through low recidivism rates — Safer’s employment program boasts a 25.. 8-percentage point differential when compared with the same year Illinois State prison releases.. Williams has an undergraduate degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.. She has over 20 years of management experience in the telecommunications industry.. Since her appointment to Safer Foundation, Ms.. Williams has served in consulting roles for the U.. Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Council of State Governments Reentry Initiative and the National Treatment Plan Criminal Justice Workgroup of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.. She is a member of the National H.. Network Advisory Board, the Legal Action Center Board, the American Correctional Association Delegate Assembly, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Institutional Review Board and the Illinois Workforce Investment Board.. She is a member of the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board and is frequently called upon by the Urban Institute and other agencies to lead and participate in reentry programs and planning.. *******.. Arthur L.. Liman (1932-1997).. chaired the Legal Action Center from its founding in 1973 until 1997.. Inspired by Arthur s legacy, the Legal Action Center continues to fight discrimination at every level of society, to pursue enlightened social policy, and to help people reclaim their lives and maintain their dignity.. Liman received his B.. from Harvard University in 1954, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received his law degree at the top of his class from Yale Law School in 1957.. Immediately upon graduation from law school, he joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton Garrison, eventually becoming a partner of the New York-based firm.. In addition to his trial work, Mr.. Liman developed a long record of public service.. In 1972, he was chief counsel of the New York State Commission on the Attica Prison uprising.. In 1987, he served as chief counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and Nicaraguan Opposition (the Iran-Contra Committee).. From 1983 to 1985, he was a member of the New York State Executive Advisory Committee on Sentencing, appointed by then Governor Cuomo to recommend revisions of the state s system for sentencing offenders.. He was Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Mayor Dinkins and was the chairman of a panel appointed by Mayor Koch to investigate the conduct of the Medical Examiner s office.. Liman also served, at the appointment of the Chief Judge of New York, as chairman of the Capital Defender Office, which has the responsibility of organizing and providing the defense for indigents in capital cases.. He began his government service as an Assistant United States Attorney to Robert M.. Morgenthau from 1961-1963.. Liman was a member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard from 1988-1994, as well as the eighteenth president of the Legal Aid Society from 1983 to 1985..

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    Descriptive info: Institutional Giving Officer (.. New York.. ).. Internships (.. /.. Washington, DC.. ).. Institutional Giving Officer(New York, NY):.. Position:.. Reports to:.. Director of Development.. Start Date:.. Immediately.. POSITION OVERVIEW:.. Reporting directly to the Development Director, the position is responsible for researching, writing, submitting and reporting on grant and contract applications to public and private sources in support of various projects, programs, initiatives and general organizational operations.. S/he will work collaboratively with program directors, staff, and consultants to develop proposals and prepare grant/contract reports along with the management of grant-related data and related electronic files.. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:.. In collaboration with executive and senior staff, determine fundraising needs and set priorities for securing foundation, corporate and government support.. Research, develop and write competitive grant proposals as well as letters of inquiry, grant progress reports, and other correspondence to prospective and renewing foundations, corporations and government agencies.. Work collaboratively with program directors, staff, and consultants to develop proposals, monitor deliverables and prepare grant and contract reports.. Gather, prepare and ensure delivery of all materials to accompany grant proposals.. Conduct research on existing and prospective funding sources.. Develop proposal budgets in coordination with the finance staff.. Oversee the maintenance of electronic files and data/systems related to grants according to established guidelines.. Manage a calendar to track/monitor renewing and new grants and contracts.. Provide support for site visits.. QUALIFICATIONS:.. Bachelor's degree.. A commitment to the organization's mission and values.. 4+ years of prior grant writing/management experience.. Excellent writing, communication, proofreading and editing skills.. Ability to work independently, take initiative and meet high expectations, as well as work as part of a team, communicate well and support others.. Possess a collaborative management style based on open, transparent, continual communication, sharing, and inclusive decision-making.. Highly organized, productive, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize.. Manage a variety of tasks simultaneously and effectively in a fast-paced environment.. Strong computer skills, proficiency in MS Word, Excel and database applications such as Access.. HOW TO APPLY:.. Please send a cover letter – including salary requirements – and resume, as Word or PDF attachments, to.. rlevy@lac.. org.. , with the subject line, “Institutional Giving Officer.. ”.. No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.. Incomplete applications will not be considered.. Internships (New York):.. Legal Internships.. The Legal Action Center accepts applications from second- and third-year law students to work part-time during the fall and spring semesters, and full-time throughout the summer.. The work involves legal research and writing, litigation assistance, client intake, policy  ...   health and social service providers, policymakers, employers, workforce development agencies, and others.. JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:.. Working with staff at LAC's New York City office, the intern will assist attorneys with the broad array of work the Center performs, including legal research and writing for public policy advocacy and litigation (cutting edge impact litigation as well as legal services cases), drafting position papers and legislation, conducting client intakes, and writing letters and other advocacy documents on behalf of clients.. At times, interns also conduct administrative hearings.. Excellent communication, advocacy, analytic and writing skills required.. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer.. TIME COMMITMENT:.. At least 10-15 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.. Full-time positions are also available.. If an intern is available to work more hours each week or for more than 10 weeks, there may be more opportunities to increase the level of responsibility and range of work.. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the Legal Action Center, Attention: Legal Intern Coordinator, 225 Varick St.. , 4th Fl, New York, NY 10014; fax: (212) 675-0286; email:.. lacinfo@lac.. , with subject line “Legal Internship.. Internships (Washington, DC):.. If you are interested in Interning in our Washington, D.. office, we periodically have positions available.. Through our Washington office, LAC advocates with Congress and agencies within the administration to improve our federal laws and policies to end discrimination against people in recovery or still suffering from addiction; to expand funding and coverage for life-saving alcohol and drug treatment, prevention, and research; and to eliminate barriers that people with criminal records face when reentering the community from incarceration.. JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:.. LAC interns research, track, and analyze federal legislation and policy, attend Congressional hearings and briefings, and assist in other ongoing projects related to the federal advocacy work.. Past interns have included law school and other graduate students interested in policy advocacy; some LAC interns have elected to continue their internship beyond the summer semester.. While this has traditionally been a paid internship, individuals could instead elect to receive credit for their work.. Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.. More information about LAC and our National HIRE Network, which focuses on expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records, can be found on our websites,.. http://www.. lac.. and www.. hirenetwork.. org, or by contacting Sherie V.. Boyd, Office Manager, at.. sboyd@lac.. To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and resume to Ms.. Boyd at..

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    Descriptive info: The Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards were established in 1998 to honor the memory of.. Liman.. , LAC s co-founder and Board Chair of 25 years.. The awards acknowledge superior achievements in addressing issues at the core of LAC s mission alcohol/drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, and criminal justice.. Make an Online Donation.. Support the Legal  ...   Your financial support makes LAC s programs possible! The Legal Action Center is funded through the generosity of individual donors, foundations, and corporations, as well as through a number of government contracts.. You can become a partner in the fight.. against.. stigma and discrimination and.. for.. smart, effective public policies by making a tax-deductible donation..

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  • Title: LEGAL ACTION CENTER - Policy and Politics Weblog
    Descriptive info: LAC Home Page.. Blog Home Page.. News and Alerts.. Announcements.. Heads Up!.. Press Releases.. Weekly Roundup.. Action Alerts.. Events.. Partners and Colleagues.. Stories.. Featured:.. WORTH Announces Susan Hallett Reentry Award.. Need-to-Know News: May 17-21, 2010.. Assembly Leader: No Vote on Paterson s Budget.. Details on Expanded Health Coverage as Obama Signs Bill.. Healthcare Bill Includes Landmark Expansion of Addiction and Mental Illness Coverage.. Popular:.. Need-to-Know News: Nov.. 30, 2012.. 16, 2012.. 9, 2012.. Need-to-Know News: Oct.. 26, 2012.. 19, 2012.. Archives.. Sign up for LAC's Mailing List.. November 29, 2012.. Updates from Us.. LAC wishes to congratulate Michael Botticelli who was.. sworn in.. on November 27th as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.. Prior to joining ONDCP, Botticelli served as Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.. This week, LAC joined a number of national and state organizations in the health, chronic disease and disability communities as a signatory to.. a letter.. urging President Obama to move forward with full implementation of the planned Medicaid coverage expansion and to reject any proposals that would permit partial expansion as an option for states.. Roberta Meyers, the Director of the National H.. Network, will be appearing as an expert at.. a briefing.. of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.. The briefing will examine the impact of criminal background checks and the EEOC’s conviction records policy on employment of black and Hispanic workers.. It will take place at the Commission's new headquarters at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave.. NW, Suite 1150 in Washington, DC on Friday, December 7th at 9:00 AM.. Interested members of the public are invited to attend.. Tracie Gardner, LAC's Director of New York State Policy, will give a presentation on "Health Care Reform and Parity" at a December 7th conference at The Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, NY.. The conference, which is being presented by the Nassau County Heroin Treatment Task Force, is titled: "Drug Crisis on LI: Current Challenges and Future Solutions.. " CASAC credits are available to those attending the conference.. Registration costs $10 and can be done at the door.. Anita Marton, LAC's Vice President, will be presenting at a summit at Crouse Hospital's Marley Education Center in Syracuse on December 10th.. The summit, which is being hosted by the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP), the New York Chapter of the Society of Addiction Medicine (NYSAM) and Friends of Recovery New York (FOR-NY), is called "CNY Communities Unite: Making a Stand against Prescription and Synthetic Drug Abuse.. " For more information and to register, visit.. asapnys.. Also in this issue:.. Headlines on Our Issues.. From Our Partners.. Read More.. November 16, 2012.. LAC’s DC staff this week participated in a meeting of the Addiction Leadership Group (a convening of national drug and alcohol organizations) to thank outgoing Congressman John Sullivan (R-OK) for all of his work on behalf of the addiction field through his co-chairmanship of the Congressional Addiction Treatment and Recovery (ATR) Caucus.. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), also a co-chair of the ATR Caucus, participated in the meeting and discussed priorities for the new Congress that will begin in January.. Legal Action Center appreciates all of Congressmen Sullivan and Ryan’s great work on behalf of people in need of treatment and those in recovery.. We look forward to continuing to work with the ATR Caucus in the next Congress.. Robert Fullilove.. , the associate dean for community and minority affairs at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a member of LAC's board, was awarded the Allan Rosenfield Award for Public Health and Social Justice by the Public Health Association of New York City at its.. annual awards ceremony.. which was held on November 15th.. The award is named after another long-term member of LAC's board who died in 2008.. November 09, 2012.. On October 30th, Roberta Meyers, the Director of LAC's National H.. Network, spoke before the Kentucky Governor's Reentry Task Force, which is led by the Secretary of Justice & Public Safety, Michael Brown.. Meyers provided an overview of national legislative and policy trends in reentry reform as well as information about available  ...   was a huge success, raising a record $656,000 and attracting more than 300 attendees.. Our honorees, Elizabeth Sacksteder, the Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations at Citigroup Inc.. , and Jim and Sue Cusack, who founded the Villa Veritas Foundation and are pioneers in the field of addiction treatment, spoke movingly about the importance of LAC's work.. The elections are just over a week away.. Don't forget to vote! And,.. remember.. , a criminal record is rarely a barrier to voting in New York State.. October 19, 2012.. Legal Action Center's 2012 Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit is next Tuesday, October 23 at 6pm at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.. Please join us! For more information, click.. The elections are two and a half weeks away.. Don't forget to vote!.. Remember.. a criminal record is rarely a barrier to voting in New York State.. For more information on who can and cannot vote in New York, click.. 12, 2012.. October 12, 2012.. Legal Action Center's 2012 Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit will take place on Tuesday, October 23 at 6pm at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.. We are so proud of our amazing honorees:.. Jim and Sue Cusack.. founded the.. Villa Veritas Foundation.. and are pioneers in the field of addiction treatment.. They developed the first free-standing residential facility in New York State to house people with alcoholism and people with drug addiction together.. , who is the Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations at Citigroup Inc.. , has a long-standing commitment to community involvement and pro bono legal services on behalf of low-income, underserved populations.. Information about sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets - as well as a complete list of our benefit co-chairs - is available at.. A PDF copy of the invitation is also available.. by clicking here.. Important reminder.. :.. As we try to do before each election, we will be sending weekly reminders about voter registration.. With the election approaching, we want to remind.. all.. of our readers to register to vote.. We also want to inform our readers that a criminal record is rarely a barrier to voting in New York State.. Only individuals.. currently.. incarcerated for a felony conviction and those.. on parole who have.. not.. been issued a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct may not vote.. For a notice explaining who can and cannot vote, click.. To get a registration form or to find out how to register, click.. 5, 2012.. October 08, 2012.. Reminder:.. Just over two weeks to go until our 2012 Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit, coming up on Oct.. 23.. Purchase tickets or make your gift today!.. Gabrielle de la Gueronniere, LAC's Director for National Policy, attended a Behavioral Health Leaders Briefing at the White House on September 24.. The briefing brought together stakeholders in the substance use disorder and mental health communities to discuss issues related to health reform and parity.. The event was organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and led by senior officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed the group, emphasizing the importance of ensuring that people with mental health and/or substance use disorder service needs receive good access to quality care.. Additional speakers, including SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde, and senior officials from the White House, HHS, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provided updates to the group on how various agency initiatives are seeking to address the needs of people with mental health and substance use disorder service needs.. The Mayor.. recently released.. the first year's report on the Young Men’s Initiative, ".. NYC Young Men's Initiative, Annual Report 2012.. ".. LAC (together with our partners at the Bronx Defenders, Youth Represent, the Community Service Society, NYC Probation, Correction and the Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator) was mentioned for our role in working to help individuals clean up their rap sheet and promoting policy changes to reduce such errors in the future..

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    Descriptive info: Chicago, December 11, 2013 --.. Today.. Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC).. recognized the outstanding contributions to fairness and justice that the Legal Action Center’s Director/President,.. Paul Samuels.. , has made over the past four decades by honoring him with one of two.. TASC 2013 Leadership Awards.. Paul has fought on behalf of people with addiction histories, HIV/AIDS, and criminal records since 1976, participating in and leading Legal Action Center to major victories in.. litigation.. and in policy - at the.. federal.. and.. New York State.. level, as well as around the country - which have had an enormous impact on the lives of our clients.. We congratulate Paul on this well-deserved honor.. The Council of State Governments Justice Center.. (CSG Justice Center) released a new policy brief in partnership with the Legal Action Center today, entitled.. Medicaid and Financing Health Care for Individuals Involved with the Criminal Justice System.. LAC's staff authored the content.. Support for the production of this brief was provided by the.. U.. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.. The brief outlines opportunities for states and localities to improve public health and safety outcomes and reduce spending on corrections and health care services by maximizing the appropriate use of Medicaid coverage for people involved with the criminal justice system.. The Legal Action Center (LAC) has developed easy to read FAQs on the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), also known as the federal parity law, which seeks to eliminate discriminatory access to mental health and substance use disorder (MH and SUD) benefits in certain health insurance coverages.. LAC s Mark O Brien Participates in Congressional Briefing on Inaccuracy of FBI Records.. On October 1, LAC's Senior Criminal Justice Policy Associate, Mark O’Brien, spoke at a Congressional briefing about legislation aimed at improving the accuracy of FBI background checks for employment purposes.. The briefing was hosted by Representatives Bobby Scott and Keith Ellison, in collaboration with the National Employment Law Project (NELP).. New LAC Training for HIV Service Providers.. This 2-hour training explains the employment rights of people with HIV, viral hepatitis and substance use disorders.. It focuses on anti-discrimination laws, such as New York City and State Human Rights Laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and touches on issues related to health and life insurance.. LAC Applauds U.. Attorney General Criminal Justice Reforms.. Legal Action Center and its National H.. Network congratulates the Attorney General and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the August 12th announcement of momentous and sweeping changes to DOJ policies to reduce mass incarceration in the federal prison system.. This policy change for people convicted of non-violent offenses and certain drug crimes represents a very significant step toward a more effective, balanced federal approach to criminal justice policy and greater utilization of more cost-effective community-based solutions.. New Report: Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring.. National groups advocating for civil rights and workers’ rights today released a guide for employers to limit use of criminal history in order to avoid unlawful discrimination in hiring applicants for new jobs.. The National H.. Network, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Workrights Institute prepared the guide, "Best Practice Standards: The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring,” in consultation with prominent leaders of the background screening industry.. The publication will be the subject of a conference this Fall hosted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.. LAC Report: The Problem of RAP Sheet Errors.. In what is believed to be the most detailed and up-to-date analysis of the different types of errors that exist in New York State’s criminal justice records, the Legal Action Center closely examined 3499 RAP sheets from its clients, looking at records from 2008 to 2011 and determined that at least 30% of these records contained at least one error, with some containing as many as ten or more.. The actual error rate is almost certainly higher, as LAC identified an additional 7% of the records that appeared to have errors, but could not verify this because of difficulties in obtaining the necessary information from the police, courts, parole, probation and other authorities, especially information on older cases – some of these incomplete records date back to the 1950s and 60’s.. LAC Report: Legality of Denying MAT Access in the Criminal Justice System.. The Legal Action Center's report,.. Legality of Denying Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in the Criminal Justice System.. , explains why criminal justice agencies violate Federal anti- discrimination laws and the United States Constitution when they deny access to medications, such as methadone and burprenorphine, to treat opiate addiction.. The  ...   as agreed last year, the state would spend an additional 4 percent on education and Medicaid.. The budget also proposes mandate relief, changes to pensions, and significant reform to the education system.. At this stage of our analysis, we do not see significant reductions or cuts in criminal justice or addiction or HIV services.. Read our.. full preliminary analysis.. for more details on the key changes in our areas.. The Legal Action Center will continue to gather details on the budget from our meetings and conversations with state policymakers and legislative staff.. 2011 Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Honor Eric Grossman, All of Us or None.. 2012 Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit.. The 2012 Arthur Liman Public Interest Awards Benefit will honor.. , Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations at Citigroup Inc.. , and.. , founders of the Villa Veritas Foundation.. The benefit will be held October 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.. LAC Director Testifies Before IOM on Essential Benefits Package.. Legal Action Center Director/President Paul N.. Samuels, who also serves as the co-chair of the Coalition for Whole Health, was asked to present.. its recommendations.. concerning the development of the required mental health and substance use disorder benefits in the essential benefits package.. In Memory of Susan Hallett, LAC Paralegal.. LAC Testifies at State Hearing on Implementation of Rockefeller Drug Law Reform.. Liman Awards Benefit Honors Amy Schulman of Pfizer and Young Advocates Fighting HIV.. Fair Game Screening Honors LAC Supporters.. H.. Conference on Women Elevates, Unites, Inspires.. It was a reentry policy gathering like many others, with advocates and experts putting their heads together on the best ways to smooth the way for reintegration into society, both during and after reincarnation.. But there was something different about this conference: Every single one of the speakers and panelists were women.. Your Rights, Your Future : Order the DVD Now!.. The Legal Action Center is proud to announce that our new video, "Your Rights, Your Future: Preparing for Reentry" can now be ordered in DVD form.. The 30-minute video, which can also be.. streamed and downloaded free.. right here on our site, is a video guide to give people leaving prison the skills and knowledge to find jobs and prepare them for the challenges of re-entry.. NY Update: Paterson Vetoes Human Rights Law Bill.. NY: 8 Re-entry Bills in State Budget Signed Into Law.. Legal Action Center is thrilled to report that two of our re-entry bills and a number of other bills that we and other advocates fought for have now been signed into law!.. Summary of the Certificate Equivalency Bill Signed Into Law on June 22, 2010.. The Certificate Equivalency Bill, which was included in the 2010-2011 budget and signed into law by Governor Paterson on June 22, 2010, makes changes to many different sections of the law to ensure that.. either Certificates of Relief from Disabilities (CRDs) or Certificates of Good Conduct (CGCs) are accepted for the purpose of overcoming barriers to obtaining employment and occupational licenses.. NY: Action Alert! Urge Albany to Use Federal Funds to Maintain ATI and Re-Entry Programs.. The National Impact: Week of May 4, 2010.. The National Impact newsletter provides the latest updates from the Legal Action Center and State Associations of Addiction Services' joint National Advocacy Campaign for Smarter and More Effective Alcohol and Drug Policies (NAC).. To learn more about the campaign, its goals, accomplishments, and how you can get involved,.. please visit the NAC website.. This week in the National Impact:.. Health Information Technology Legislation (H.. 5040) Introduced in the House; Bill Would Make Addiction and Mental Health Service Providers Eligible for HIT Funds.. SAAS and LAC Leadership Meet with Federal Partners.. SAAS and LAC Submit Comments on Parity, Funding and SSI/DI Eligibility.. Health Care Reform Implementation for Substance Use Disorder Mental Health Services.. Since its passage in March, many people and organizations have been trying to better understand how the new healthcare provisions will affect them, and when those changes will be implemented.. Using the.. larger insurance provisions timeline from The Commonwealth Fund.. , LAC has developed a timeline for measures being implemented in 2010 that directly affect individuals and organizations dealing with SUD/MH issues.. NY: Urgent Action Alert! Urge Legislature to Use Federal Funds to Restore Cuts to ATI and Re-Entry.. Although ATI programs have been critical to reducing the prison population and crime and are essential to the success of Rockefeller drug law reform, they face potentially massive funding cuts because of the state s fiscal struggles.. Now is the time to create enormous pressure on both houses to use federal funds to restore Alternatives to Incarceration and Re-entry related funding..

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    Descriptive info: How to Contact LAC.. Need help from our legal staff?.. We recommend you start by.. checking out our "Need Help?" section.. , which has answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, as well as how to get in touch with our legal staff.. If you are facing immediate discrimination due to your criminal record and need a lawyer now, please.. fill out this form.. Interested in our trainings?.. Agencies seeking information should call  ...   Phone # (212) 243-1313.. toll free 1-800-223-4044.. Fax # (212) 675-0286.. E-Mail:.. Legal Action Center,.. 236 Massachusetts Ave.. NE, Suite 505.. Washington, D.. 20002-4980.. Phone # (202) 544-5478.. Fax # (202) 544-5712.. lacdc@lac.. We want to hear from you!.. Send us comments and questions about our projects, on the information available on this site, and your thoughts and opinions on the issues we address.. Your personal information is kept private and never given to third parties..

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  • Title: LEGAL ACTION CENTER
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