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Disability Work as Race Equity Work

Total Credits: 1 CLE - On-Demand

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Alissa De Vogel, Esq. |  Tyler Sutherland, Esq.
Course Levels:
All Skill Levels
1 Hour
Audio and Video
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Tags: May 2021


CLE Information May 2021 This course was approved for NOSSCR's Spring 2021 Virtual Conference. It is eligible for On-Demand credit, please check with, if you have questions about your states eligibility or check with your Bar Association for their rules and regulations.

This session will explore how race impacts claimant’s experiences obtaining disability benefits and will provide practice tips on how to combat issues of racial bias experienced by claimants on a systemic and individual basis. We will address how claimants of different racial and cultural backgrounds approach medical and mental health treatment, and the disparities in the treatment received. We will also explore how issues like education attainment, a history of incarceration, and drug use cut across racial lines and impact a Social Security claim. We will also include a discussion of our own implicit biases, and how we can work through those biases and our privilege as advocates. Understanding these complex issues will help attendees leverage their disability work as race equity work.



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Alissa de Vogel - is a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). She has spent the last five years representing claimants in SSI and SSDI matters, from initial applications through federal district court. In addition to disability establishment cases, she also advocates for benefits recipients in post-entitlement issues including overpayments, disability reviews, and deductions for in-kind support and maintenance.

Tyler Sutherland, Esq. Related Seminars and Products

Tyler Sutherland - is an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where she represents poor and low income clients in government benefits legal cases. She represents SSI and SSDI applicants in initial application cases and handles post eligibility issues for all Social Security benefits. In addition to her Social Security practice, Tyler represents applicants and recipients of state and local safety net benefits in administrative hearings and writs of mandate in Superior Court. Tyler also leads LAFLA’s Race Equity Initiative, which seeks to infuse dialogue about racial justice into advocacy efforts and interactions with the community. She previously was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in LAFLA’s Veterans’ Justice Center. Tyler received her juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

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