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

Court Weighs Education Benefits for Disabled Students

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed willing to put more teeth into a law that requires public schools to help learning-disabled students, the Associated Press reports. Most of the justices indicated that school districts must offer more than the bare minimum of services to children with special needs. But they struggled over how to clarify the law without inviting more litigation between frustrated parents and cash-strapped schools. The court is considering an appeal from the parents of an autistic teen who say his public school did not provide sufficient services and are seeking reimbursement for the costs of sending him to a private school.

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Services Friday, Saturday for Memphis Lawyer

Memphis lawyer Thomas Robinson James died Jan. 1 at the age of 87. A 1952 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, James joined with his brother-in-law and a classmate to form the law firm of Adams, James & Weldon and practiced there for 20 years. He later created the firm of James, Ray & McEvoy and then served for many years with the law firm of Walt, Dyer & James. Father to a daughter with special needs, James worked locally and at the state level to enhance opportunities for the disabled, including pushing a law mandating an education for every child. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. A burial mass will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Donations may be made to the disability support group SRVS or Christian Brothers High School. The Commercial Appeal has more on his life.

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