Scan Vans: For 2019-2020, JALBCA awarded grants totaling $260,000 to subsidize the cost of 60 vans.Center for Elder Law & Justice: For 2019-2020, JALBCA awarded a grant of $110,000 to the Center for Elder Law & Justice for the MedLaw Cancer Partnership of Western New York. Project LEAD®: For 2019-2020, JALBCA awarded a grant of $50,000 to the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund for the Cynthia Rubin Scholarship at Project LEAD®.The Family Center’s Maite Aquino Program: For 2019-2020, JALBCA awarded a grant of $110,000 to The Family Center’s Maite Aquino Program.The Family Center’s Judge Judith Kaye Project: For 2019-2020, JALBCA awarded a $110,000 grant to The Judge Judith Kaye Project at The Family Center. City Bar Justice Center/Cancer Advocacy Project: For 2019-2020, JALBCA awarded the City Bar Justice Center/Cancer Advocacy Project a $66,000 grant. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley: For 2019-2020, JALBCA awarded a grant of $100,000 to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to create the LSHV Breast Cancer Health Advocacy Project. SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer: For 2019-2020, JALBCA awarded a grant of $15,000 to SHARE for its Education & Outreach for the Latina Community: Legal Issues & Breast Cancer program.


JALBCA 2020 Symposium a Great Success!

JALBCA’s 24th Annual Ellen P. Hermanson Memorial Symposium, “Legislating Genetic Testing: Is Knowledge Power?”, presented virtually as a mock legislative hearing, provided insights from seven stellar “testifying witnesses” and probing questions from four “legislative panelists” concerning whether our nation’s healthcare system can and should do more to empower Americans with knowledge about their genetic pre-disposition to cancer. The two-hour CLE program on December 9, 2020 drew nearly 400 registrants – by far the highest in JALBCA’s history.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation and the Bench and Bar of the Southern District of New York, and to supporting organizations SHARE and The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. Kudos to Symposium Co-Chairs Desirée Ripo, Erika Stallings and Virginia Trunkes, and Symposium Subcommittee members Amy Carlin, Hon. Barbara Jaffe, Sandra Lespinasse and Rian Silverman, for putting together this wonderful program.

The mock legislative panel, chaired by Erika Stallings (BRCA awareness advocate and attorney, Facebook Music), included Hon. Barbara Jaffe (NYS Supreme Court, JALBCA Board member), Hon. Keith Powers (Member, New York City Council and Committee on Health) and Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman (then-Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Dep’t, JALBCA Board member).

JALBCA Symposium 2021 Witnesses

Our testifying witnesses included:

  • Patrick J. Burke, Esq., Partner, Chair of Data Technology & Cybersecurity Group, Phillips Nizer LLP
  • Kristen C. Kim, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Chief Regulatory Counsel, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Anya Prince, MPP, JD, Associate Professor of Law, Iowa College of Law, and Member of the University of Iowa Genetics Cluster
  • Kathryn M. Rattigan, Esq., Robinson & Cole LLP’s Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Team and Business Litigation Group
  • Lisa A. Schlager, Vice President of Public Policy, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)
  • Julia A. Smith, MD, PhD, NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
  • Fran Visco, JD, President, National Breast Cancer Coalition

Read more about the Symposium in our Winter 2021 Newsletter.

And Click here to view an edited recording of the Symposium.

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