What is the Cancer Legal Resource Center?

Monday, October 15, 2012
By, Shawn Kravich
The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, health care professionals, employers, and others coping with cancer.


Since our founding in 1997, the CLRC has helped over 160,000 people nationally, through our Telephone Assistance Line, Cancer Rights Conferences, outreach programs, educational seminars, workshops, and other community activities.  Last year alone, we assisted over 27,000 people through our national telephone services and educational activities in the cancer community.


The CLRC helps people with cancer and their families gain valuable information about cancer-related legal issues, including:

  • Employment & Taking Time Off Work
  • Health, Disability and Life Insurance Options
  • Access to Health Care and Government Benefits
  • Insurance Navigation and Appeals
  • Understanding Health Care Reform
  • Cancer Community Resources
  • Genetics & the Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Consumer Rights
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Education Rights of Children and Young Adults with Cancer


CLRC services are national, free, confidential, specific to your situation, and are available in English and Spanish—we also provide services in other languages through our community partners and a language line.  The CLRC provides the following services:

Telephone Assistance Line

By contacting the CLRC’s national, toll-free Telephone Assistance Line at 866-THE-CLRC (866-843-2572), individuals can receive free and confidential information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation.  We also now have an online intake form, so people spend less time on the phone and still receive the information they need.


To contact the CLRC, call our toll free number at (866) THE-CLRC (866-843-2572), email CLRC@LLS.edu, or visit www.CancerLegalResourceCenter.org.


Education & Outreach

The CLRC offers free educational seminars on topics such as: employment and taking time off work, (health, disability, and life) insurance options, access to healthcare, government benefits, cancer community resources, genetics and the law, estate planning, advanced healthcare directives, consumer rights, and understanding health care reform. The CLRC also provides online resources, including educational materials and seminars on national and state topics such as health and disability insurance, finances, estate planning, employment, insurance navigation, genetic discrimination, and more!

CLRC staff members travel around the country to speak at seminars and attend outreach events in the cancer community.  Topics can be customized for any audience.  To request a CLRC staff member to provide a seminar or attend an event, please fill out the Event Request & Material Order Form on our website.

In 2010, the CLRC opened a Midwest Regional Office and has an attorney based in Chicago who can provide educational seminars and outreach throughout the Midwest region.


The CLRC is pleased to present three National Cancer Rights Conferences in 2011!  These free conferences will provide people coping with cancer, caregivers, advocates, attorneys, and healthcare professionals with information about cancer-related legal issues.  Please join us at the following events:


  • Chicago, IL

o   Friday, June 24, 2011 – Courtyard Marriott Downtown/River North

  • Ann Arbor, MI

o   Friday, October 21, 2011 – University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Washington, DC

o   Friday, September 23, 2011 – Georgetown University Law Center


For more information, visit www.CancerRightsConference.org, call 213.252.8449, or email Angelica.Corral@LLS.edu

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