October 10, 2011
A Breast Cancer Legal Advocacy Workshop sponsored by the McGeorge Capital Center for Law & Policy on Oct. 8, 2011, examined the legal issues surrounding one of the deadliest forms of cancer, a disease that strikes one in eight American women.
Dr. Helen Chew, the director of the Clinical Breast Cancer Program at the UC Davis Cancer Center, gave the keynote speech at the half-day event that brought many health law attorneys to campus. She spoke on "Breast Cancer: A Clinical Overview and the Patient-Provider Experience."
Five prominent female attorneys, three of them alumni, also participated in the CLE event, which was co-sponsored by the U.C. Davis Cancer Center, the ABA Health Law Section Breast Cancer Task Force, and the McGeorge Health Law Association.
Anna Orlowski, '91, the chief health system counsel at U.C. Davis, lectured on "Patient Decision-Making and Informed Consent." Patricia Tweedy, '81, a veteran civil litigator and the founder of Tweedy ADR, talked about "Medical Malpractice & Mediation." Sue Ann Van Dermyden, '93, a principal in the Van Dermyden Allison Law Corporation, discussed "Issues in the Workplace: Employment and Disability Rights." Wendy Tauriainen, senior counsel at Hanson Bridgett LLP, presented on "Insurance Coverage: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Beyond." Jamie Ledezma, an attorney with the Los Angeles-based Cancer Legal Resource Center, spoke on "Legal Outreach Opportunities."
Professor Clark Kelso gave opening remarks and emceed the program.