Gerald "Gerry" McLaughlin

“The horizon recedes as we advance” was a phrase often quoted by Loyola Law School Dean Emeritus Gerald “Gerry” McLaughlin. Dean McLaughlin was a stalwart friend of Disability Rights Legal Center and a founder of the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC), who passed away on April 12, 2015.

Broken Sidewalk

The City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office announced today the resolution of the class action law suit Willits et al. v City of Los Angeles et al., resulting in more than $1 billion investment in city sidewalk repairs.

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On March 23, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted final approval of the settlement in the class action law suit Peter Johnson et al. V. County of Los Angeles, et al.

The settlement resulted in significant improvements to the massive jail system including the construction of wheelchair accessible toilets in the inmate Reception Center, new housing for inmates with disabilities in the jail’s Twin Towers complex, and the appoint of an ADA coordinator to address complaints for inmates or family members.