R. Bradley Sears

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R. Bradley Sears

1997 Global Fellow
Founder of HIV Legal Checkup

R. Bradley Sears 1997 Global Fellow


The HIV Legal Checkup creates a comprehensive client intake strategy that covers the full range of HIV-related legal issues such as denial of benefits, tenant rights, immigration, family law, debtor-creditor conflicts, and discrimination. Law students can perform the checkups, ensuring a steady stream of volunteers. The comprehensiveness of the checkups means that checkup staff identifies incipient legal problems before they became crises. The client education component empowers clients to resolve many such problems themselves. In spring 1997, HIV Legal Checkup became part of a new Los Angeles-area HIV legal services program, the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA).


R. Bradley (Brad) Sears is the 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, he teaches courses in disability law and sexual orientation law at UCLA School of Law. Brad graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. During college and law school, he completed internships with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Jamaica Plain Legal Services Center's AIDS Unit, the ACLU's National Gay and Lesbian and AIDS Project, and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. In 1997, Brad also became the Discrimination & Confidentiality Attorney for the HIV/AIDS Legal Services Alliance of Los Angeles.

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