2012 WLALA Foundation's Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant Recipient
by Patricia Daza and Cathy Ostiller
Each year, the WLALA Foundation awards the Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant to a law student who embarks on a summer public interest project that makes governmental and social institutions and agencies more accessible and responsive to members of society whose interests are not otherwise adequately recognized or asserted.
The WLALA Foundation is proud to have awarded a grant in the amount of $3,000 to fund the summer public interest project of Sarah Gross. The Grant is funding Ms. Gross’ project to produce a guide for parents of children with cancer, advising these parents of available special education services. She will be working on this project with the sponsorship of the Disability Rights Legal Center, which also encompasses the Cancer Legal Resource Center.
Ms. Gross’ interest in the area of cancer and disability rights stems from her parents’ work with children with disabilities. Ms. Gross has taken Cancer Rights Law and Special Education Advocacy seminars as well as clerked for the Cancer Legal Resource Center in late 2011. Ms. Gross is dedicating her project to the memory of a loved one’s daughter, whose life was cut far too short by a severe type of leukemia.
Ms. Gross has just finished her second year at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She is an editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, as well as a board member of the Women’s Law Association. University of Redlands awarded her a B.A. in Government, with a minor in Women’s Students in May of 2010. She received Departmental Honors and was also Phi Beta Kappa. Her Honors Thesis was titled “’Going All Jackson Browne’: Limiting Fair Use and Reclaiming Artistic Integrity in Light of Browne v. McCain.”
This year, Ms. Gross has interned with the Western Center on Law and Poverty and the Disability Rights Legal Center and as noted, completed an internship with the Cancer Legal Resource Center from May through December 2011.
Patricia Daza and Cathy Ostiller are co-chairs of the WLALA Public Interest Grant Committe. Ms. Daza is an associate with Weston & McElvain LLP.