2017 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

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

Portrait of Jacobus tenBroek

“We have the right freely to choose our fields of endeavor, unhindered by arbitrary, artificial or man-made impediments. All limitations on our opportunity, all restrictions on us based on irrelevant considerations of physical disability, are in conflict with our Constitutional right of equality and must be removed.” -- Jacobus tenBroek

Join prominent disability rights advocates throughout the country in the United States’ leading disability law symposium to examine the application of the United States Constitution by the Supreme Court to persons with disabilities and to explore strategies to raise the level of judicial scrutiny so that all may achieve Dr. tenBroek’s vision of equality of opportunity. Through plenary session panel presentations and workshops, we will be addressing subjects such as unequal application of the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause, and issues confronting individuals with disabilities in the criminal justice system.

When:           March 30 - 31, 2017

Where:          National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
                      200 East Wells Street
                             at Jernigan Place
                      Baltimore, MD  21230

Registration Fee:     $175 (nonrefundable)
Students:                 $25  (nonrefundable)

A limited number of scholarships to cover the registration fee will be available to individuals with demonstrated financial need. Requests for a waiver of the registration fee should be emailed to Lou Ann Blake no later than February 10, 2017.

2017 TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

The 2017 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: How to Use Social Media to Mount a Disability Rights Campaign; Bringing a Disability Rights Perspective to Immigration Law; How to Litigate the Disability Rights of Incarcerated Persons; An Overview of Barriers to Job Application Accessibility and Potential Legal Remedies; Advancing the Goals of Independence and Integration Using the Fair Housing Act; Criminalization of Disability; and Sexuality and Bodily Autonomy in the Disability Community.

Theme Keynote: Marc Maurer, Director of Legal Policy, National Federation of the Blind

Keynote Address: Eve Hill, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP 

Presenters include:

  • Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, American University Washington College of Law
  • Leslie Francis, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Utah College of Law 
  • Daniel F. Goldstein, Esquire, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP 
  • Jasmine E. Harris, Acting Professor of Law, University of California, Davis, School of Law
  • Linda A. Klein, President, American Bar Association
  • Kimberly Mutcherson, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School 
  • Mark E. Olive, Esquire, Principal, Mark E. Olive Law Office
  • Robert M. Sanger, Senior Partner, Sanger Swysen & Dunkle
  • Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
  • Michael Waterstone, Dean, Loyola Law School
  • Silvia Yee, Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

AGENDA AND REGISTRATION

View the agenda for the 2017 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium.

To register online, payment must be made by credit card at the time of registration.

To register by mail or fax, download the registration form. Completed registration forms with credit card information may be faxed to Lou Ann Blake at (410) 659-5129. Mail forms with complete credit card information or enclosed check (made payable to the National Federation of the Blind) to:

Lou Ann Blake, Deputy Executive Director, Jernigan Institute
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
     at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Please note that all registration payments are nonrefundable. 

Registration closes midnight, Sunday, March 26, 2017.

CLE CREDIT

Documentation for CLE credits will be provided.

HOTEL INFORMATION

A block of rooms has been reserved for law symposium participants at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, located at 550 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. This recently renovated hotel is located directly across from the Inner Harbor and is convenient to the Jernigan Institute. Rooms may be reserved for March 29 through April 1, 2017, at the rate of $156.00 per night for singles or doubles, $176.00 for triples, and $196.00 for quads, plus applicable taxes and surcharges. Make your reservation online at National Federation of the Blind Hotel Reservations, or by calling the hotel directly at (410) 234-0550 and referring to the National Federation of the Blind block, block code 0329NFBLIN. Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m., March 2, 2017. The NFB will provide a free morning and evening shuttle between the hotel and the Jernigan Institute. Participants who will be staying at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore and who require accessible transportation should contact Lou Ann Blake by March 27, 2017.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Symposium materials will be provided in large print and Braille. Participants who require other accommodations should contact Lou Ann Blake by March 23, 2017.

For questions regarding the Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, please contact:

Lou Ann Blake, Deputy Executive Director, Jernigan Institute
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
     at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314, ext. 2221

Sponsorship Opportunities

Jacobus tenbroek works at his desk.Your support of the Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium will help to shape the future of disability law and ensure that people with disabilities enjoy the same right to live in the world as their nondisabled peers. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels.  Based on the level you choose, you will receive one or more tickets to the symposium, advertising space in the symposium program, and your logo on this Web page. To become a sponsor of the Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, please download the 2017 sponsorship form and return it to:

Stephanie Eller, Coordinator of Strategic Partnerships
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
     at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2423

Thank you to our 2017 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium sponsors:

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Gold Sponsors:

Brown Goldstein Levy logo

Rosen Bien Galvan and Grunfield LLP Logo

 

 

 

 

AARP Foundation logo

 

 

Silver Sponsors:

Whiteford Taylor Preston logo

Disability Rights Advocates logo

 

 

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America logo

 

Bronze Sponsors:

Burton Blatt Institute

 

Supporters:

Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho

 

The NFB would like to thank our Steering Committee members:

Lou Ann Blake, Deputy Executive Director, Committee Chair, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Rabia Belt, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School 
Charles S. Brown, Esquire 
Matthew W. Dietz, Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group, Inc.
Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, American University Washington College of Law
Timothy Elder, Esquire, TRE Legal Practice, LLC
David Ferleger, Esquire, Law Office of David Ferleger
Leslie P. Francis, Distinguished Professor, University of Utah College of Law
Jasmine Harris, Acting Professor of Law, UC Davis Law School
Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Managing Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy
Scott LaBarre, LaBarre Law Offices, PC
Anil Lewis, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Michael Perlin, Professor Emeritus, New York Law School

Previous Symposia Archive

2016 Audio Recording
2016 Transcript Day 1
2016 Transcript Day 2

2015 Audio Recording
2015 Transcript Day 1
2015 Transcript Day 2

2014 Audio Recording
2014 Transcript Day 1
2014 Transcript Day 2

2013 Audio Recording

2012 Audio Recording
2012 Transcript Day 1
2012 Transcript Day 2

2011 Audio Recording
2011 Transcript Day 1
2011 Transcript Day 2

2010 Audio Recording
2010 Transcript

2009 Audio Recording

2008 Audio Recording
2008 Transcript Morning Session
2008 Transcript Keynote
2008 Transcript Afternoon Session