Our mission is focusing on the intersection of the law and breast cancer, to leverage the legal community's strength, passion, resources and expertise in the fight against breast cancer.
We raise funds to:
- promote awareness, early detection, treatment and support for all those affected by breast cancer;
- provide programs that educate members of the profession about critical medical, legal and personal issues around breast cancer;
- help underserved women in the breast cancer community by funding major, well-integrated legal and legally-related counseling programs and state-of-the-art early detection initiatives.
JALBCA was founded by a small group of judges and lawyers who were all personally affected by breast cancer, either as survivors themselves or as family or close friends. We realized that together we could make a difference in the legal community and resolved to take action. Our first target was to increase awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment. We also began to raise money to provide critically needed services to the legal community and beyond.
That was in 1992, when education about breast cancer was a primary need. JALBCA brought education to the places most accessible to judges and lawyers-courthouses. We began our Courthouse Alerts, distributing literature and information about resources, and these events now take place throughout the state.
To encourage early screening, we began sponsoring mobile mammography vans. Although the vans were originally intended to provide screening for busy legal professionals who felt that they didn't have time to go to their health care professionals, the program began to provide screening to uninsured and underinsured women in their own communities.
JALBCA also presents symposiums on cutting-edge regulatory, industry, and legal issues relevant to the search for a cure and access to treatment for breast cancer. These meetings, often moderated by judges and renowned physicians, provide an essential source of high-level information, which is disseminated through our regular newsletter. Recent symposiums addressed conflicts of interest in breast cancer research and, in a courtroom setting, put "Mammograms on Trial."
It's been more than 25 years since JALBCA was founded, and our education, early detection, and support initiatives remain as relevant as ever. Breast cancer continues to affect women and men in our profession and in our lives. We are ever more committed to funding patient-focused organizations that provide legal and related services that make a difference in the lives of women experiencing breast cancer and their families. Each year, the Maite Aquino Memorial Grant, which honors one of our colleagues who died in 2011 after a determined fight against breast cancer, will provide funds to programs that offer legal and social support to families in crisis. We're dedicated to serving not only members of the legal profession but also our shared community, as together we continue to take action against breast cancer and support those affected by it.
JALBCA provides grants to support legal and social services to cancer patients, survivors and their families, particularly those who could not otherwise afford them, education and training efforts and early detection initiatives. In 2022, JALBCA awarded $764,000 in grants to nine organizations whose projects fit JALBCA's mission. In addition to funding free legal assistance, we allocated $200,000 towards free mammograms in disadvantaged communities.
Susan Bender, Esq.
Sheila L. Birnbaum, Esq.
Myrna Felder, Esq.
Hon. Helen E. Freedman
Martha L. Golar, Esq.
Ellen B. Holtzman
Hon. Judith S. Kaye
Hon. Sondra Miller
Hon. Karla Moskowitz
Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann
Hon. William C. Thompson
Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin