Faculty Showcase Series: Disability Discrimination Law and the Impact on Legal Education and the Legal Profession

March 20, 2013, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, room 275
Sponsored by: Brandeis School of Law Student Bar Association and University of Louisville Law Review
Registration Cost: free

Faculty Showcase Series

Disability Discrimination Law: Impact on Legal Education and the Legal Profession


Laura Rothstein
Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar


                                                                             
Disability discrimination law affects every lawyer, even those who do not plan to represent clients with disabilities or practice in the area.  Websites accessible for those with visual impairments; providing interpreters for clients with hearing impairments and accessible meeting space for those with mobility impairments are examples of this impact.  Accessible courthouses and prisons are other issues for clients with mobility impairments.  Lawyers who may themselves be impaired by substance abuse or mental health concerns or mobility or sensory impairments.
 
Forty years ago, the predecessor to the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed.  The 1973 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act laid the groundwork for the 1990 ADA.  Both laws have significant impact on law students, lawyers, and the legal profession today.
 
The March 20, 2013, Faculty Showcase presented by the Student Bar Association and the University of Louisville Law Review demonstrates the recognition of the importance and value of faculty scholarship.
 
The presentation will provide historical perspective and how current judicial opinions, regulations, and statutory amendments are affecting the lives of lawyers, their clients, the practice of law, and legal education.  The presentation will address current hot topics for law students, including what accommodations are required for law students and the mental health history reporting requirements to bar admission authorities.
 
Presentation is in Room 275 at 5:30-7:00 with light refreshments provided.