Monday, May 20, 2013

Our Office: Activism at the Local and National Level

In order to properly represent Social Security Disability Claimants, a competent Social Security Disability Lawyer must stay connected to the community that it serves. 
Those who know me personally probably have noticed how much I enjoy getting involved in social and political issues --particularly issues affecting those who suffer from disabling conditions and/or chronic illnesses.  Its a great way to give back to the people that I serve and... take a break from the work at the office. 
 This what I have been up to:
I just got back from Washington D.C., where I participated in the Spring Conference of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives ("NOSSCR").  NOSSCR is the largest Social Security Disability Lawyer organization in the country.  The conference was a great opportunity to sharpen my skills as a Social Security Lawyer and lobby Congress in support of our our Social Security Disability programs.  Several distinguished Congressional leaders spoke before our organization including Sen. Tom Harkin (D- Iowa) and Rep. Xavier Becerra (D -California).  Becerra is the Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Sub-Committee on Social Security.  He gave a passionate speech in support of Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI.
May is Lupus Awareness month.  On May 5th, our office participated in the annual Lupus walk in West Hartford, Connecticut.  During the event we set up a table with educational materials regarding the Social Security Disability process. 
In addition, on May 20, 2013 I went to the Connecticut State Capitol to talk to our State leaders as part of our Lupus Advocacy Day.  Governor Malloy signed a proclamation officially declaring the month of May as Lupus Awareness Month.
Finally, I would like to add that this summer my office will sponsor a little league team in the Minnie Gonzalez Little League in Hartford, Connecticut. 

I can't wait for opening day!  The name of the team that I will be sponsoring will be: "Los Indios de Mayaguez".  I'm a big fan of my hometown's winter league baseball team and I'm really happy that I was able to name the team that I sponsor after them.