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

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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SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Disabled Girl and Service Dog

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that the family of a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy can sue the girl’s school for banning her service dog, the ABA Journal reports. The court ruled that the family was not required to exhaust administrative remedies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act before filing a disabilities suit. The school banned the dog in 2009.
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