Laura Rothstein

Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar

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Laura Rothstein joined the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville as Professor of Law and Dean in 2000 (serving as dean until 2005).  During her 36 years in legal education, she has written fifteen books and dozens of book chapters, articles, and other works on disability discrimination, covering a broad range of issues, with an emphasis on disability discrimination in higher education. In addition to her work in disability law, she has worked to promote racial and gender diversity within legal education and the legal profession.  She has served in numerous leadership roles within legal education.

Professor Rothstein’s work to promote diversity and raise awareness on issues of disability, gender, and race has been recognized in recent awards.  These include the 2012 University of Louisville Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research & Creative Activity; the 2011 William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship, from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson Law School; and the 2011 Women’s Law Association of Jefferson County Excellence in Achievement Award which honors significant contributions to the legal profession through involvement and dedication to the Women Lawyers Association and/or the Louisville Bar Association or promoting integrity and professionalism in the legal profession by example).  In 2010, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.  In 2008, she received the Brandeis School of Law Dean’s Service Award, recognizing her work in the law school’s partnership with Central High School. In 2014, Professor Rothstein will serve as the Brandeis Fellow working with the Legal Aid Society and the Doctors and Lawyers for Kids program to develop policies and practices for the school system in working with low income children identified as having health problems that relate to special education needs.

She uses her scholarship as an “advocate through education” with the goal of influencing policy and practice by increasing awareness and understanding of disability rights and other diversity issues.

Courses Taught

Disability Law

Poverty Health and Law

Property Law

Torts

Publications

RECENT BOOKS

SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW (5th edition) (Sage Publications 2014) (with Scott F. Johnson) and web-based INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES (2014)

DISABILITIES AND THE LAW  (Thomson/West Spring 2012; Fall 2012; Spring 2013; Fall 2013; Spring 2014) with Julia Irzyk

DISABILITY LAW:  CASES & MATERIALS (5th edition) (LEXIS Publishing Company 2010) Summer 2011 & Summer 2012 & Summer 2013 Supplements (with Ann C. McGinley) 

DISABILITY LAW:  CASES & MATERIALS (5th edition) (LEXIS Publishing Company 2010) and annual cumulative Supplement (with Ann C. McGinley) and TEACHER’S MANUAL

DISABILITIES AND THE LAW (Thomson/West Spring 2012) with Julia Irzyk (and cumulative editions)

SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW (5th edition) (Sage Publications 2013) (with Scott F. Johnson) and web-based INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES (2009)

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Disability Rights, Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (Sage Publications) (invited entry) (2011)

Southeastern Community College v. Davis, chapter in Education Stories, Michael Olivas & Ronna Schneider eds. (Foundation Press 2007)

 

ARTICLES

"Forty Years of Disability Policy in Legal Education and the Legal Profession: What Has Changed and What are the New Issues?" 22 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law (2014).(symposium issue on disability issues)

“Roads and Schools:  Parallel Paths in the Government Role to Education for Students with Disabilities,” 83 Mississippi Law Journal 777-804 (2014) (symposium issue on education)

“New Legal Questions About Disability Demand Colleges' Attention, Chronicle of Higher Education,” August 6, 2013.

"Disability Discrimination Law:  The Impact on Legal Education and the Legal Profession,” 51 University of Louisville Law Review 429-434 (2013)

“Reflections from an Era of Breaking Glass—1984-1998,” 80 UMKC Law Review 747-769 (2012) as part of symposium issue written by past chairs of the AALS Section of Women in Legal Education

“Shaping the Tributary – Why, What and How of Pipeline Programs to Increase Diversity in the Legal Profession,” 40 Journal of Law and Education 551-608 (October 2011)

“Disability Policy in Education Settings:  The Eisenhower Highway System as a Roadmap,” Conference Proceedings, Emerging Scholars Conference, 15th Anniversary of Chapman University, sponsored by Chapman University School of Law and School of Education, September 23, 2011

“Telescopes, Microscopes, and Crystal Balls:  Disability Discrimination Law and Policy in Higher Education:  How Those in Higher Education Can and Should Influence Policy,” paper presented at the National Conference on Law and Higher Education, the Center, Stetson University College of Law upon receiving the William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship, February 7, 2011

“Higher Education and Students with Disabilities:  A Fifty Year Retrospective,” (symposium issue on the 50th Anniversary of NACUA), 36 Journal of College & University Law 846 (2010) http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1653466

“Suffering in Silence:  The Tension Between Self-Disclosure and a Law School’s Obligation to Report,” Conference Panel on Assisting Law Students with Disabilities in the 21st Century, 18 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law 121 (2009) (panel remarks)

“Disability Law Issues for High Risk Students:  Addressing Violence and Disruption,” 35 Journal of College & University Law 101 (2009)

 

WEBSITE ARTICLES

"New Legal Questions About Disability Demand Colleges Attention," Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6, 2013.       

 

OTHER

“Litigation over Dismissal of Faculty with Disabilities,” Appendix C of AAUP Report on Accommodating Faculty Members Who Have Disabilities (January 2012) (and consultation on document)

“A Fifty Year Retrospective of Women in the Legal Profession:  Challenges and Perspectives:  Have We Come a Long Way?” Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs 16-17 (July 2011)

 

Presentations

“Disability Issues in Legal Education” – Faculty Forum Presentations

  • Arizona State University College of Law, April 3, 2014
  • University of Southern California College of Law, March 14, 2014
  • University of Indiana School of Law at Indianapolis, Faculty Colloquium, October 17, 2013
  • Louisville Bar Association CLE program on The Impaired Lawyer, June 27, 2013
  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Showcase, March 20, 2013
  • California Western School of Law, February 7, 2013
  • University of California at Irvine School of Law, February 6, 2013
  • Southwestern University Law School Faculty Forum, February 5, 2013

"Current Issues for Individuals with Disabilities in Higher Education"

  • Overview of Disability Issues, Stetson University Conference on Higher Education, February 15, 2014
  • Greeks and the ADA, Stetson University Conference on Higher Education, February 15, 2014
  • An Overview of the History and Current Disability Discrimination Issues for Higher Education: What Must We Do? What Can We Do? What Should We Do?” Southern California Disability Consortium, Occidental College, March 14, 2014
  • Greeks and the ADA:  Fraternities and Sororities and the ADA (November 8, 2013) National Fraternal Law   Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Section 504 at 40: Current Issues, University of Toledo Administrators (October 24, 2013)
  • Section 504 at 40:  Current Issues, AHEAD National Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (July 12, 2013)
  • The ADA and Student Accommodations, University Rights and Responsibilities, Mississippi State University Legal Issues Conference (May 2, 2013)
  • NACUA Regional Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (April 2013)
  • Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture:  Disability Policy—Overview of Disability Discrimination Issues for Higher Education, Multiple Perspectives Conference, Ohio State University, April 16, 2013
  • Section 504 at 40: Current Issues, Stetson University Conference on Higher Education, February 2013

*Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum,  UMKC Law School, September 26, 2012

*Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, Drexel Law School, September 20, 2012

*Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, University of Cincinnati College of Law, September 5,  2012

*Academically Unsuccessful Students with Disabilities:  Whose Fault Is It?, NACUA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois (June 29, 2012)


*Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky Law School, March 23, 2012

*Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, March 22, 2012

*Current Student and Faculty Disability Issues, Stetson Conference on Higher Education (February 19, 2012)

*Impaired Faculty Members, Webinar, Stetson Elder Law Institute and Stetson Higher Education Institute (November 17, 2011)

*Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, University of Kansas School of Law, September 30, 2011

*Disability Policy in Education Settings:  The Eisenhower High System as a Roadmap,” keynote address given at the Chapman University School of Law and School of Education conference on Exploring Difference, Disability and Diversity in Education, Law and Society (September 23, 2011)

*National Conference on Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities, Panelists on ADA requirements for arts venues, August 20, 2011 ( Louisville, Kentucky)

*West Kentucky Community and Technical College Faculty Workshop, August 8, 2011

*Kentucky AHEAD Regional Conference, May 19, 2011

*Stetson Conference on Higher Education, February 2011   

*Torts and Disability Law”AALS Annual Meeting, January 2011, San Francisco

*Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, University of Houston Law Center, October 2010

*A Twenty-Year Reflection on the ADA and Higher Education,” SEALS Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, July 31, 2010

*A Dream Not Yet Fulfilled:  50 Years of Change in Discrimination Law, Disability Issues,” NACUA Annual Meeting, Washington DC (June 28, 2010)

*Law Students with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems:  Protecting the Public and the Individual, AALS Annual Meeting, Mental Disability Law Section, New Orleans, January 9, 2010

*You’re Not in College Anymore:  Substance Abuse and Related Issues in Law School, NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law Professionalism Program, October 8, 2009

*The Law School’s Role with Respect to Students with Mental Health Problems, American University Washington College of Law conference on Assisting Law Students with Disabilities in the 21st Century (March 12, 2009)

*Disability Law Issues for High Risk Students, Addressing Violence and Disruption:  Prevention, Response, and Liability, AALS Annual Meeting (San Diego, January 8, 2009)

*Millennials and the ADA:  Keynote Address, Education Law Association Annual Meeting Keynote Address , Louisville  (October 22, 2009)

*Millennial Students and Disability Law:  Emerging Issues, Association of Higher Education and Disabilities National Conference Plenary Session (July 24, 2009)

University and Community Service

Service to Legal Education

Diversity Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar (2002- present)

(for a complete list, please see curriculum vitae)