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
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.
210 West Main Street
Jackson, TN 38302
(731)426-1313
Immediate Past Chair
Law Office of Donna Simpson
PO Box 2327
Cookeville, TN 38502
Twitter: @dslaw
Facebook: dsimpsonlaw/
(931)526-2933
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Letter from the Chair

As we start the new TBA year, I wanted to reach out to Disability Law Section Members to encourage you to become more involved in Section activities and to share any ideas you have on how we can make Section Membership more beneficial. One important way to contribute is to volunteer to write articles or blurbs for our Section Connect or shortened newsletter, which is published as needed.   
 
We are also collecting information about how the “5 business day rule” is being applied at your SS hearing offices. We hope to share the collective data in our Connects. 
 
If you are interested in writing or requesting an article contact Beth Bates
 
In addition to our quarterly newsletter, the Section plans to produce a fact sheet regarding expedited processing in SS disability cases for some veterans. The section will also will be holding its annual CLE on in the spring, save the date for March, 13, 2018. Please feel free to suggest topics for the annual CLE. Some of our Executive Council will be volunteering to answer disability law related questions for Tennessee’s Freelegalanswers.org as a section pro bono project. By the way, we need more council members. Please volunteer. You are not required to participate in the pro bono. That is optional.
 
I look forward to serving as chair of the Disability Law Section this year and welcome your feedback. You can reach me by email at beth@wtls.org or on my direct line (731) 426-1313, if you have ideas or suggestions for our Section.
 
Best Regards,
Beth S. Bates
Chair, Disability Law Section
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Diabetic Student Sues Collierville Schools for Revoking Transfer

The family of a former student is suing Collierville Schools for revoking her transfer, shortly after she acquired a service dog and requested an Individualized Education Program to support her Type I diabetes, the Commercial Appeal reports. The lawsuit accuses the district of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and alleges that she was discriminated against.
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