Workshop on the new National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making

Date: 
Friday, April 24, 2015
Hosted by: 
National Federation of the Blind

2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium Disability Rights in the 21st Century: Creative Solutions for Achieving the Right to Live in the World

Don't miss your opportunity to hear 2014 theme keynote speakers Jenny Hatch and Jonathan Martinis talk about the landmark case in which Ms. Hatch won the right to make her own decisions through supported decision-making rather than being forced into a guardianship that she did not want and that would make all decisions for her. The luncheon keynote will be given by Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary, Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.

Tina Campanella, Jonathan Martinis, Jenny Hatch, and Peter Blanck invited to present a workshop on the new National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making funded by the Administration on Community Living (ACL) at the 2015 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium: The ADA at Fifty: The Future of Disability Law and the Right to Live in the World.

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The 2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium will consist of plenary sessions and workshops facilitated by distinguished law professors, practitioners, and advocates who will discuss topics such as: disability discrimination in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, next steps in Olmstead litigation, rights of parents with disabilities, supported decision making as an alternative to guardianship, and how to work with the media to get the disability rights message across.

2014 Plenary Session Presenters

  • Michael W. Bien, managing partner, Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP;
  • Peter Blanck, university professor, Syracuse University, and chairman, Burton Blatt Institute;
  • Christopher S. Danielsen, director of public relations, National Federation of the Blind;
  • Matthew W. Dietz, president and Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group, Inc.;
  • Maureen Henry, former executive director, Utah Commission on Aging;
  • Talila Lewis, founder and president, HEARD;
  • Carrie Ann Lucas, executive director, Center for Rights of Parents with Disabilities;
  • Jonathan Martinis, legal director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities;
  • Robyn Powell, attorney advisor, National Council on Disability;
  • Barry Taylor, vice president for civil rights and systemic litigation, Equip for Equality;
  • Joseph B. Tulman, professor of law and director, Took Crowell Institute for Youth; and
  • Theresa Vargas, staff writer, The Washington Post.

2014 Workshop Facilitators

  • Samuel Bagenstos, professor of law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Ira Burnim, legal director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Gregory P. Care, Associate, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Marc Charmatz, senior attorney, National Association of the Deaf
  • Andrew D. Freeman, partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Elaine Gardner, attorney advisor, Disability Rights Office, Federal Communications Commission
  • Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Christopher Kuczynski, assistant legal counsel, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • David L. Lee, principal, The Law Offices of David L. Lee
  • Jennifer Mathis, deputy legal director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Laurence Paradis, executive director and co-director of litigation, Disability Rights Advocates
  • Luciene Parsley, senior attorney, Maryland Disability Law Center
  • Karen Peltz Strauss, deputy chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  • Rebecca G. Pontikes, principal, Pontikes Law, LLC
  • Kenneth Shiotani, senior staff attorney, National Disability Rights Network
  • Mehgan Sidhu, general counsel, National Federation of the Blind
  • Victoria Thomas, staff attorney, University Legal Services--Protection & Advocacy
  • Michael Waterstone, associate dean for research and academic centers, and J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
  • Lauren Young, director of litigation, Maryland Disability Law Center

The luncheon keynote will be given by Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary, Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.