The following UCLA School of Law expert is available for in…

The following UCLA School of Law expert is available for
interviews this week to discuss legal issues surrounding AIDS as
the disease reaches its 25th anniversary:

R. Bradley (Brad) Sears
Lecturer in Law
Executive Director, The Charles R. Williams Institute
on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy
UCLA School of Law
310-794-5279 – Office
213-842 9814 – Mobile

Sears is executive director of the Charles R. Williams Institute
on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, a national think-tank
at UCLA School of Law dedicated to promoting legal scholarship,
public policy analysis and education programs on sexual
orientation law and public policy. In addition to running the
Williams Institute, he also teaches courses in disability law and
sexual orientation law.

Just after completing law school, he received funding to create
the HIV Legal Checkup Project, a legal services program dedicated
to empowering people living with HIV-disease to address and
prevent legal problems. The HIV Legal Checkup Project provided
preventive legal services to some 800 clients per year. More than
100 UCLA School of Law students received training by volunteering
with the Project.

Sears previously served as the discrimination and confidentiality
attorney for the HIV/AIDS Legal Services Alliance of Los Angeles
(HALSA). In this capacity, he litigated and settled
HIV-discrimination cases, ending the discriminatory practices of a
number of medical practices, schools and residential care
facilities. His work also included settlements that resulted in
mandated HIV-training for 22,000 Los Angeles County employees, the
overturning of the City of Los Angeles’ discriminatory denial of
licenses to HIV-positive massage therapists, and the end of a
major credit reporting company’s policy of disclosing consumers’
HIV-status on credit reports.

Media contact: To interview Sears, call him directly at
310-794-5279 (office) or 213-842-9814 (cell) or contact Philip
Little at 310-206-1131 or [email protected]

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