Records of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, an organization that connects people with AIDS (PWA) and volunteer lawyers willing
to donate time and expertise in order to assist them. It has been a significant resource for PWA's since its inception. Also
Included in this collection is materials from the Women's AIDS Network.
The AIDS Legal Referral Panel was founded in 1983 by attorneys Frederick Hertz, Steven Richter, Mark Senick, and Gary James
Wood. It was originally a committee of the LGBT organization Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF). Hertz, Richter,
Senick, and Wood understood that many gay men in the Bay Area were near death from complications of AIDS and were without
the knowledge or resources to create wills, durable powers of attorney, and other legal paperwork necessary to die with dignity
intact and with wishes about health care and disposition of assets in place. The four began by publicizing a phone number
where people with AIDS could call to receive legal help and by recruiting other attorneys to join them.
4.5 linear feet
9 manuscript boxes
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.