The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

Lowering Criminal Record Barriers- Including New Rights in NYS

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019

This 3-hour in-person training explains how New Yorkers with criminal records may be able to seal or correct criminal record information and gather evidence of rehabilitation, including applying for certificates of rehabilitation, to help overcome criminal record barriers.

Employment Rights for People with HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Disorders

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

This two-hour training explains the employment rights of people with HIV, viral hepatitis, and substance use disorders. It focuses on anti-discrimination laws, such as New York City and State Human Rights Laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and touches on issues related to health and life insurance.

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LAC hiring a Litigation Director in NYC! For 45+ yrs, we've set cutting edge legal precedents & helped tens of thousands of individuals w/ #criminalrecords, #substanceusedisorders & or #HIV/AIDS overcome #discrimination. Learn more about joining our team

LAC seeking a Senior Staff #Attorney for Legal Services in our NYC office! Position will provide #legalservices, oversee client services provided by paralegals, & direct client education & outreach! Learn more about joining our team: #nycjobs #HiringNow

Sally Friedman, LAC's VP of Legal Advocacy was honored to present at an international #disabilityrights summer school in Ireland on the rights of parents who take #addictionmedicine to retain custody & visitation of their children. #childwelfare


“It’s heartening jails & prisons are starting to see the light on this issue...A lot more need to step up to the plate.” @LAC_SFriedman LAC's VP of Legal Advocacy quoted in @BostonGlobe piece on expanding access to #addictionmedicine inside jails & prisons

Our general counsel Judy Whiting and @lac_news's senior staff attorney Kate Wagner-Goldstein joined @BronxnetTV to discuss the groundbreaking class action settlement that seals #marijuana possession convictions for 350+ New Yorkers:

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News and Highlights

Advocates and Health Care Providers Voice Concern about Trump Administration’s Effort to Weaken Confidentiality and Redisclosure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records

For the third time in three years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has proposed changes to federal substance use disorder confidentiality rules. LAC and others voice concern that the proposed new rules will weaken the protections against unauthorized disclosures of a patient’s substance use disorder (“SUD”) treatment records, giving the patient less say over where their personal health information is shared.


Legal Action Center was proud to partner with the Community Service Society, The Legal Aid Society, New York County Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Service, pro bono counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to seal over 300 old marijuana convictions in New York City through a class action settlement. This groundbreaking effort will help to minimize the unfair obstacles to employment, housing, and other basic rights that individuals face due to past criminal records.

Doug Liman Hosts Exclusive Premiere Screening of Pearson in Support of LAC

On July 8, 2019 the Legal Action Center (LAC) was thrilled to have LAC Board Member Doug Liman host a private screening of Pearson—a spin-off of his hit legal drama Suits—at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea. This is one of the many exclusive screenings that Doug has generously organized to raise funds for LAC’s direct legal services and policy work.

Urge NY Governor Cuomo to Remove Prior Authorization Barriers to Addiction Medicine in Medicaid and Commercial Insurance

It is critical that NY Governor Cuomo sign and pass A.7246/S.5935, legislation to remove prior authorization barriers to life-saving medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder in Medicaid in the state.

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