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.

Chair
Law Office of Donna Simpson
PO Box 2327
Cookeville, TN 38502
(931)526-2933
Immediate Past Chair
George & George
PO Box 8130
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615)451-1550 x: x103
Vice-Chair
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.
P. O. BOX 2066
Jackson, TN 38302
(731)423-0616

Case Law Update in Disability Law Forum

This year's Disability Law Forum will provide a full day of essential and useful material applicable to disability law. Laura Chastain, ethics counsel with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, will present an update on ethics. Further sessions will include updates on 6th Circuit Social Security Case Law and will address the new mental health regulations effective in January 2017. Join other practitioners on April 21 for these updates and more.

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Lawsuit Raises Questions About Accommodating Disabled Lawyers

A lawsuit and a recent New York Times op-ed shine a light on the difficulties lawyers with disabilities face, the ABA Journal reports. Attorney Diana Lewis filed a suit after she claims she was forced to resign from the Bronx DA’s office for joining a class action lawsuit about handicapped access to courthouses. When she started using a wheelchair after an accident, she struggled to move between court buildings, one of which had a lone, unsafe access ramp. Op-ed author Carol Steinberg explains more of the difficulties, such as arguing before a judge who sits six feet up while she is in a wheelchair.
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