Past Symposia

Text and audio highlights from previous Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposia since 2008 are housed on this page.

2019: "The Impact of Public Attitudes and Stigma on Our Right to Live in the World”

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2019 Transcript Day 1 (Members Hall)
2019 Transcript Day 1 (Fourth Floor Conference Room)
2019 Transcript Day 1 (Southeast Library)
2019 Transcript Day 1 (Computer Lab 1)
2019 Transcript Day 1 (Computer Lab 2)
2019 Transcript Day 1 (Utah Auditorium 1)
2019 Transcript Day 1 (Utah Auditorium 2)

2019 Transcript Day 2 (Members Hall)
2019 Transcript Day 2 (BZ Conference Room)
2019 Transcript Day 2 (Utah Auditorium)

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Opening Remarks

  • Mark A. Riccobono, President
  • Marc Maurer, Director of Legal Policy

Plenary Session 1: Discrimination against Homeless People with Disabilities

  • Presenter: Maria Foscarinis, Founder and Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
  • Presenter: Naomi Weinstein, Attorney, Mental Hygiene Legal Service

Keynote Address

  • Paul Harpur, Senior Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland

Plenary Session 2: Disability Rights and Immigrants

  • Presenter: Aaron J. Fischer, Litigation Counsel, Disability Rights California
  • Presenter: Katharine Gordon, Pro Bono Coordinator, Al Otro Lado
  • Presenter: Mark C. Weber, Vincent DePaul Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Plenary Session 3: Framing the Image of Disability in Advocacy

  • Speaker: Eve Hill, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Speaker: Scott La Barre, Partner, LaBarre Law Offices, P.C.
  • Speaker: Michael Ashley Stein, Cofounder and Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School

Plenary Session 4: Valuation of the Disabled Life

  • Speaker: Elizabeth Barnes, Professor, University of Virginia, Corcoran Department of Philosophy
  • Speaker: Matthew Dietz, Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group
  • Speaker: Catherine J. Kudlick, Director, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, and Professor of History, San Francisco State University

Plenary Session 5: Bullying, Harassment, and the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities

  • Speaker: Susan Einspar, Senior Parent Educator/Advocate, PACER Center Minneapolis MN
  • Speaker: Victoria M. Rodriguez-Roldan, Senior Policy Counsel, Trans/GNC Justice Project, and Disability Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force
  • Speaker: David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director, New Hampshire Workplace Institute, Suffolk University Law School

2018: “Fifty Years after tenBroek: The Right to Live in the World Today and Tomorrow”

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2018 Transcript Day 1
2018 Transcript Day 2

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Opening Remarks

  • Mark A. Riccobono, President
  • Marc Mauer, Director of Legal Policy

Theme Keynote

  • Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law; Michael Tigar, Professor Emeritus of Law, Duke Law School; Professor Emeritus of Law, American University, Washington College of Law

Plenary Session 1: Disparities in Health Care

  • Presenter: Iris Y. Gonzalez, Senior Attorney, AARP Foundation Litigation
  • Presenter: David Machledt, Senior Policy Analyst, National Health Law Program
  • Presenter: Jessica Roberts, Associate Professor, George Butler Research Professor of Law; Director, Health Law & Policy Institute, University of Houston Law Center

Keynote Address

  • Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind

Plenary Session 2: The Impacts of Integration of Students with Disabilities into the Public Education System

  • Presenter: Selene Almazan, Legal Director, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Presenter: Wanda J. Blanchett, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
  • Presenter: Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

Plenary Session 3: Separate and Unequal in Employment

  • Speaker: Brian East, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Texas
  • Speaker: Regina Kline, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy
  • Speaker: Howard Rosenblum, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of the Deaf

Plenary Session 4: Law Enforcement and Disability

  • Speaker: Leigh Ann Davis, Director, Criminal Justice Initiatives, The Arc
  • Speaker: Matthew Dietz, Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group
  • Speaker: Melissa Reuland, Police Foundation

2017: “Disability Justice and the Supreme Court: The Constitution and the Right to Live in the World”

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2017 Transcript Day 1
2017 Transcript Day 2

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Opening Remarks

  • Mark A. Riccobono, President

Theme Keynote

  • Marc Maurer, Director of Legal Policy

Plenary Session 1: The Unequal Application of 14thAmendment Equal Protection

  • Presenter: Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Presenter: Silvia Yee, Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
  • Tribute to Larry Paradis

Keynote Address

  • Presenter: Eve Hill, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP

Plenary Session 2: Developing a Strategy to Raise the Level of Judicial Scrutiny Set by Cleburne and Garrett

  • Presenter: Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
  • Presenter: Daniel F. Goldstein, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Presenter: Michael Waterstone, Dean, Loyola Law School

Caucus Open Discussion

Plenary Session 3: Disability, Sexuality, and Reproductive Rights

  • Presenter: Leslie P. Francis, Distinguished Alfred C. Emery Professor of Law, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Director of the University of Utah Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences, University of Utah College of Law
  • Presenter: Jasmine E. Harris, Acting Professor of Law, University of California, Davis, School of Law
  • Presenter: Kimberly Mutcherson, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School

Linda A. Klein, President, American Bar Association

Plenary Session 4: Issues Confronting Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System

  • Presenter: Mark E. Olive, Principal, Law Offices of Mark E. Olive, P.A.
  • Presenter: Robert M. Sanger, Senior Partner, Sanger Swysen & Dunkle
  • Presenter: Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress

Closing Remarks

2016: “Diversity in the Disability Rights Movement: Working Together to Achieve the Right to Live in the World”

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2016 Transcript Day 1
2016 Transcript Day 2

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Opening Remarks

  • Mark A. Riccobono, President

Plenary Session 1: Building Diversity in the Disability Rights Movement

Panel 1

  • Presenter: Rabia Belt, Research Fellow, Stanford Law School
  • Presenter: Michelle Garcia, Latino Community Development Organizer, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Presenter: Anil Lewis, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Panel 2

  • Presenter: Ella Callow, Legal Program Director, The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and Their Families, Through the Looking Glass
  • Presenter: Jane Dunhamn, Director, National Black Disability Coalition
  • Presenter: Alice Wong, Advisory Board Member, Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (use this link: https://youtu.be/oKkLUG9rR9g)

2016 Keynote Address

  • Speaker: Myron H. Thompson, US District Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

Plenary Session 2: Does Title II of the ADA Cover Arrests?

  • Presenter: Michael Bien, Managing Partner, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP
  • Presenter: Claudia Center, Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Plenary Session 3: Ethical Issues in the Representation of Persons with Disabilities

  • Presenter: Alison J. Lynch, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights New York
  • Presenter: Jonathan Martinis, Senior Director for Law and Policy, Burton Blatt Institute

Plenary Session 4: International Progress on Improving Accessibility

  • Presenter: Jonathan Lazar, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, Towson University
  • Presenter: David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

Plenary Session 5: Employment and Olmstead: The Right to Real Work

  • Presenter: Matthew W. Dietz, President and Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group, Inc.
  • Presenter: Regina Kline, Senior Counsel (Acting), Office of the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice
  • Presenter: Marc Maurer, Immediate Past President, National Federation of the Blind

Closing Remarks

2015: “The ADA at 50: The Future of Disability Law and the Right to Live in the World”

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2015 Transcript Day 1
2015 Transcript Day 2

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Plenary Session 1 - The Future of Disability

Panel 1

Panel 2

2015 Keynote Address

Plenary Session 2 - How to Enable the Participation of People with Disabilities in Legal Proceedings

  • Presenter: Richard S. Brown, Chief Judge, Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • Presenter: Richard B. Teitelman, Judge, Supreme Court of Missouri

Plenary Session 3 - An Overview of the Unique Challenges Faced by Criminal Suspects and Offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Presenter: Leigh Ann Davis, Program Manager, National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, The Arc
  • Presenter: Beverly Frantz, Criminal Justice and Sexuality Project Director, Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
  • Presenter: Kathryn J. Walker, Criminal Justice Fellow, National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, The Arc

Plenary Session 4 - Improving and Augmenting the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and IDEA—A Vision for the Next Twenty-Five Years

Panel 1

Panel 2

2014: "Disability Rights in the 21st Century: Creative Solutions for Achieving the Right to Live in the World"

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2014 Transcript Day 1
2014 Transcript Day 2

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Theme Keynote Address

  • Margaret "Jenny" Hatch, Advocate, and Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Panel I--Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems

  • Presenter: Michael W. Bien, Managing Partner, Rosen, Bien, Galvan, & Grunfeld, LLP
  • Presenter: Talila A. Lewis, Founder and President, Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)
  • Presenter: Joseph B. Tulman, Professor of Law and Director, Took Crowell Institute for Youth, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

2014 Keynote Address

  • Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education

Panel II--Next Steps in Olmstead Litigation

  • Presenter: Matthew W. Dietz, President and Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group, Inc.
  • Presenter: Barry Taylor, Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation, Equip for Equality

Panel III--Rights of Parents with Disabilities

  • Presenter: Carrie Ann Lucas, Executive Director, Center for Rights of Parents with Disabilities
  • Presenter: Robyn Powell, Attorney Advisor, National Council on Disability

Panel IV-- Supported Decision Making as an Alternative to Guardianship

  • Presenter: Peter Blanck, University Professor, Syracuse University, and Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University
  • Presenter: Maureen Henry, Former Executive Director, Utah Commission on Aging
  • Presenter: Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Panel V-- How to Work with the Media to Get the Disability Rights Message Across

  • Presenter: Christopher S. Danielsen, Director of Public Relations, National Federation of the Blind
  • Presenter: Theresa Vargas, Staff Writer, The Washington Post

2013: "Push Forward and Push Back: Continuing the Struggle for the Right to Live in the World"

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Theme Keynote Address

  • Rebecca Bond, Chief U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section

Panel I--The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Presenter: Judith E. Heumann, Special Advisor on International Disability Rights, United States Department of State
  • Presenter: Eric Rosenthal, Executive Director, Disability Rights International

2013 Keynote Address

  • Jonathan M. Young, Partner and General Counsel, FOXKISER

Panel II--The Impact of Olmstead on Employment

  • Presenter: Curtis L. Decker, Executive Director, National Disability Rights Network
  • Presenter: Kathleen L. Wilde, Litigation Director, Disability Rights Oregon

Panel III--Transitioning from Minor to Adult in Education

  • Presenter: Ari Ne'eman, President, Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Presenter: Curtis Richards, Director, Center for Workforce Development, Institute for Educational Leadership

Panel IV--After Target and Netflix: Are Websites a Place of Public Accommodation?

  • Presenter: Daniel F. Goldstein, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Presenter: Arlene B. Mayerson, Directing Attorney, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Panel V--Individual Choice in Decision Making

  • Presenter: Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, and Director, Disability Rights Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law
  • Presenter: Kristin Booth Glen, Surrogate (retired), New York County Surrogate's Court

2012: "Disability Identity in the Disability Rights Movement"

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2012 Transcript Day 1
2012 Transcript Day 2

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Theme Keynote Address

  • Senator Jamin B. (Jamie) Raskin, Maryland General Assembly

Panel I--The View from the Bench: Perspectives on the Presentation of Disability Cases

2012 Keynote Address

  • Eve Hill, Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice

Panel II--How to Influence Jurors' Perception of Disability

  • Presenter: David Ball, jury consultant, Malekpour & Ball Consulting
  • Presenter: Katie Eyer, Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Panel III--The Impact of the ADA Amendments Act on Employment Cases

Panel IV--The Role of Identity in the Disability Rights Movement

Panel V--Disability Discrimination in Health Care 

2011: "Bridging the Gap Between the Disability Rights Movement and Other Civil Rights Movements"

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2011 Transcript Day 1
2011 Transcript Day 2

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Theme Keynote Address

  • Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Panel I--Lessons Learned: Translating what Worked for the Civil Rights Movements to the Disability Rights Movement

  • Presenter: Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Presenter: Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

2011 Keynote Address

  • Christopher J. Dodd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Motion Picture Association of America

2011 Legislative Update

  • Andrew Imparato, Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Panel II-- When the Messenger is the Message: How to Portray Disability to Judge and Jury

  • Presenter: Scott C. LaBarre, Esquire, LaBarre Law Offices P.C.
  • Presenter: Larry Paradis, Executive Director, Disability Rights Advocates

Panel III--The Effect of Diversity in the Disability Rights Movement on Court Decisions

  • Presenter: Marc Maurer, President, National Federation of the Blind
  • Presenter: Howard Rosenblum, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of the Deaf

Panel IV--Disability Rights as Constitutional Rights

  • Presenter: Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Presenter: Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Panel V--Disability Rights in the Obama Administration

  • Presenter: Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary, Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • Presenter: Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary, Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

2010: "Equality, Difference, and the Right to Live in the World"

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2010 Transcript

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Theme Keynote Address

  • Tony Coelho, Chairman of the Board, American Association of People with Disabilities

Panel I--Changing the Game

  • Presenter: Richard Brown, Chief Judge, Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • Presenter: David Ferleger, Esquire, Law Office of David Ferleger

2010 Keynote Address

  • Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice

Panel II--Education Plenary Session

  • Presenter: Leslie Seid Margolis, Managing Attorney, Education Unit, Maryland Disability Law Center
  • Presenter: Mark Weber, Vincent dePaul Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Panel III--Caucus/Open Discussion

  • Facilitator: Andrew Imparato, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

Panel IV--Access to Technology Plenary Session

  • Presenter: Dan Goldstein, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Presenter: Mehgan Sidhu, Esquire, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP

Panel V--Medical Treatment/Ethics Plenary Session

  • Presenter: Adrienne Asch, Director, Center for Ethics, Yeshiva University
  • Presenter: Dan Brock, Director, Division of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School

2009: "New Perspectives on Disability Law: Advancing the Right to Live in the World"

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Panel I--The Obama Administration’s Perspective on Disability Policy

  • Lead Presenter: Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy

Panel II--Perspectives on Enforcement of Disability Law

  • Lead Presenter: Maura Healey, Assistant Attorney General and Chief, Civil Rights Division, Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Commentators:
    • Tim Fox, Principal, Fox & Robertson, P.C.
    • Amy Robertson, Principal, Fox & Robertson, P.C.

2009 Keynote Address

  • Ari Ne’eman, Founding President, The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Panel III--International Impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • Lead Presenter: Gerard Quinn, Professor of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Commentator: Katherine Guernsey, International Lawyer and Adjunct Professor, American University School of International Service

Panel IV--The Future of the ADA: Making it Work Better

  • Lead Presenter: Samuel Bagenstos, Visiting Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School (Fall 2009)
  • Commentator: Christine Griffin, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

2009 Closing Remarks and Open Session

  • Lead Presenter: Peter Blanck, University Professor and Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
  • Commentator: Scott LaBarre, Principal, LaBarre Law Offices, P.C.; President, National Association of Blind Lawyers

Papers presented at the 2009 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium were published in Volume 15:1 of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Copies of the symposium volume may be purchased at http://www.utexas.edu/law/journals/tjclcr/.

2008: "Disability Law: From tenBroek to the Twenty-first Century"

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2008 Transcript Morning Session
2008 Transcript Keynote
2008 Transcript Afternoon Session

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Panel I--The State of Disability Law in the United States in 2008: How Full Is the Glass?

  • Lead Presenter: Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Commentators:
    • Mildred Rivera, Esquire, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C.
    • Laura Rothstein, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Panel II--The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Right to be in the World

  • Lead Presenter: Michael Stein, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Commentators:
    • Maria Veronica Reina, Director of International Programs, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
    • Michael Perlin, Professor of Law, New York Law School

2008 Lunch Keynote Address

  • Marc Maurer, President, National Federation of the Blind

Panel III--Looking Past the Definition of Disability: How Effective Are the ADA's Affirmative Requirements in Achieving Equality for People with Disabilities?

  • Lead Presenter: Chai Feldblum, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Commentators:
    • Daniel Goldstein, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
    • Douglas Kruse, Professor of Human Resource Management/Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations

Panel IV--Restoring the ADA and Beyond: Disability in the Twenty-first Century

  • Lead Presenter: Robert Burgdorf, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of La
  • Commentators:
    • John Kemp, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, P.C.
    • Andrew Imparato, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

Closing Remarks and Open Session

  • Lead Presenter: Peter Blanck, University Professor and Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

Papers presented at the 2008 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium were published in Volume 13:2 of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Copies of the symposium volume may be purchased at http://www.utexas.edu/law/journals/tjclcr/.