2018 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

"Fifty Years After tenBroek: The Right to Live in the World Today and Tomorrow”

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 Dr. tenBroek's impressive legacy through a present-day lens, focusing on many of the timeless themes addressed in his publications and speeches during his lifetime. Through plenary session panel presentations and workshops, we will be addressing subjects such as law enforcement and disability, discrimination against employees with disabilities, and disparities in healthcare for minorities. 

When:           March 22-23, 2018

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, 2018.

2018 TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

The 2018 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: discrimination against tenants with disabilities; the impacts of integration of students with disabilities into the public education system; discrimination in employment against persons with disabilities; law enforcement and disabilities; and disparties in healthcare for minorities. 

Theme Keynote Speakers: Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan; Michael E. Tigar, Professor Emeritus of Law, Duke University School of Law, Professor Emeritus of Law,  Washington College of Law, American University

Keynote Address: Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind

Presenters include:

  • Selene Almazan, Legal Director, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.
  • Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University
  • Samantha Crane, Legal Director and Director of Public Policy, Autistic Self Advocacy Network 
  • Leigh Ann Davis, Director, Criminal Justice Initiatives, The Arc
  • Matthew Dietz, Litigation Director, Disability Independence Group, Inc.
  • Brian East, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Texas
  • Regina Kline, Partner, Brown Goldstein & Levy
  • David Machledt, Senior Policy Analyst, National Health Law Program 
  • Jessica L. Roberts, Associate Professor, George Butler Research Professor of Law; Director, Health Law & Policy Institute, Houston Law Center
  • Howard Rosenblum, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of the Deaf
  • Morgan Williams, General Counsel, National Fair Housing Alliance

AGENDA AND REGISTRATION

The agenda for the 2018 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium will be posted shortly.

On line registration for the symposium will open on January 2, 2018.

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 21 through March 24, 2018, at the rate of $159.00 per night for singles or doubles, $179.00 for triples, and $199.00 for quads, plus applicable taxes and surcharges. You can make your reservation online at Sonesta Reservations or by calling the hotel directly at (410) 234-0550, referring to the National Federation of the Blind block, group code 0321FEDERA. Reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m., February 22, 2018. 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 19, 2018.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Symposium materials will be provided in large print and Braille. Participants who require other accommodations should contact Lou Ann Blake by March 5, 2018.

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

Lou Ann Blake, Deputy Executive Director, Jernigan Institute
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2221

Stacie Dubnow, Project Manager
National Federation of the Blind
Phone: (410) 659-9314, ext. 2442

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 2018 sponsorship form and return it to:

Anna Adler, Outreach Coordinator
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
     at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2282
[email protected]

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
Stacie F. Dubnow, Esquire, Project Manager, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
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

2017 Audio Recording
2017 Transcript Day 1
2017 Transcript Day 2

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