Mike McCabe Volunteer Profile
Attorney and Community Advisory Board member Mike McCabe is a true Champion to Stop Diabetes. If you’ve met him at the Tour de Cure or at a Step Out Walk, you may know that he has been a tireless fundraiser for Team ADA and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Stop Diabetes Cause. Mike is instrumental in the fight to make California schools a safe place for children with diabetes and a Champion for children with diabetes and the Safe at School program.
In 2007 Mike brought the suit against the California Department of Education in 2007 to allow children with diabetes to receive assistance with insulin administration from trained staff when a school nurse is not available. He won a landmark settlement which was appealed.
Finally, at the end of May of this year, the California Supreme Court heard arguments on this case. Just as he has from the start of this battle, Mike was instrumental in preparing the attorney representing the Association in the highest court in the state. Though the outcome will likely be unknown until August, it is very clear that Mike has shown tremendous leadership as a volunteer to ensure that children living with diabetes have their share of care and opportunities by taking this issue as far as possible
Some background on the California Safe at School issue:
On May 29, 2013, the California Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case involving diabetes care for children in California's public schools. The American Diabetes Association is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a decision of the California Court of Appeal involving the access of children with diabetes to insulin while at school. The lower court had ruled that state law prohibits school employees who are not nurses from volunteering to help children with diabetes by administering needed insulin to those who cannot self-administer.
For general information on the court's ruling and its impact click here. For more specific information, aimed at families of children with diabetes in California schools, click here.
Mike McCabe is a partner at the San Francisco law firm, Littler, and provides litigation services, advice and counseling to a broad range of employers on a wide range of employment issues. He is currently a member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee. In law school, he was associate editor of the Hastings Law Journal. In addition to being an American Diabetes Association Community San Francisco Bay Area Office Leadership Board member and chairman of the advocacy committee, he is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Heald College.
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