Disability Law Section

The section serves as a resource for Tennessee lawyers practicing in the area of disability rights or who have an interest in building a disability rights practice. The section offers continuing legal education and a forum for advancing disability rights.

George & George
PO Box 8130
Gallatin, TN 37066
Law Office of Donna Simpson
PO Box 2327
Cookeville, TN 38502

Term for Animals in Bill is 'Courtroom Facility Dogs'

An item in Wednesday’s issue of TBA Today used an incorrect term in identifying courtroom facility dogs, which are currently being debated in a Tennessee Senate bill. A 2014 Tennessee Bar Journal article offers guidance on the use of service animals, therapy animals and assistance animals, along with current laws regarding their use.

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Judge Partially Dismisses Lawsuit Over Treatment of Disabled

U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp on Friday partially dismissed a long-standing lawsuit over Tennessee’s treatment of people with disabilities following the state’s fulfillment of obligations outlined in an exit plan, the Associated Press reports. Advocates sued the state in 1995 over conditions at several state institutions. The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Bureau of TennCare have since completed several obligations agreed upon in the exit plan, including developing training for law enforcement and physicians. The state’s last remaining obligation under the exit plan is to close the Greene Valley Development Center.

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