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.
FOUNDERS OF JALBCA
Susan Bender, Esq.
Sheila L. Birnbaum, Esq.
Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin
Myrna Felder, Esq.
Hon. Helen E. Freedman
Martha Golar, Esq.
Hon. Judith S. Kaye
Hon. Sondra Miller
Hon. Karla Moskowitz
Hon. Jacqueline W. Silbermann
Hon. William C. Thompson
JALBCA mourns the passing and celebrates the life of Hon. William C. Thompson, a founding member, long-time Treasurer and Board member, on December 24, 2018. He was an extraordinary person and the heart of our organization. We encourage you to view the tribute video above, featuring Judge Thompson and several of his many colleagues, friends and admirers, which was shown at JALBCA’s Awards Presentation Dinner in May 2018, when we honored him for his more than 25 years of service to JALBCA. To donate to JALBCA in honor of Justice Thompson, please click here