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

Disability Rights Group Seeking Attorney

Disability Rights Tennessee is seeking an attorney to provide legal advice to agency management, staff and clients. The position also will be responsbile for developing content for publications, assist with fundraising activities, provide information to governmental entities, and develop and conduct training programs for staff, clients and other organizations. Candidates must have a law degree and at least five years of litigation experience. Experience in systemic impact or civil rights cases is preferred. DRT will consider either part-time or full-time employment for this position. Download a job description or apply for the position on TBA’s JobLink.

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Disability Rights Group Presents Freedom Awards

Disability Rights Tennessee awarded its 2016 Freedom Awards at the Third Annual Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon last week in Nashville. Joey Hassell, an assistant commissioner for special populations in the Tennessee Department of Education, was recognized for implementing a holistic approach to aligning services for all students. Martie Lafferty was honored for 13 years of service with DRT, including her work as the organization's legal director. During her time with the organization, Lafferty won cases that granted access to Tennessee courts and Medicaid waiver services for thousands and ensured equal access to health care for Tennesseans who are deaf and hard of hearing. Lafferty is now a litigator at the Washington, D.C., civil rights firm Stein & Vargas.

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