The Daily Journal newspaper will recognize civil rights champion Janice M. Bellucci as one of their prestigious “Top 100” most influential attorneys in California at on September 9, 2015. The editors annually recognize elite lawyers whose work has the greatest impact on the legal industry and modern society. Candidates are chosen from thousands of submissions every year.
The Daily Journal profile acknowledged Bellucci’s extensive work to protect the U.S. Constitution by restoring the civil rights of sex offenders (“registrants”). Bellucci’s accomplishments include filing more than 35 federal and state lawsuits, including lawsuits which successfully challenged a City of Simi Valley ordinance that forced registrants to post warning signs on their doors on Halloween (inviting potential vigilantism), repealed presence restrictions in more than 80 cities, and repealed residence restrictions in some cities and counties.
On a more personal level working with registrants, Bellucci has reunited families separated due to parole restrictions and obtained the first stay of enforcement from Jessica’s Law in Santa Barbara County for a registrant suffering from terminal cancer. That registrant would have become homeless and ineligible for an organ transplant without Bellucci’s help.