Online Registration Closes April 17th!

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

Portrait of Jacobus tenBroek

“The right of access to public accommodations and common carriers is a civil right. It is a basic right indispensable to participation in the community, a substantive right to which all are fully and equally entitled.” Jacobus tenBroek, The Right to Live in the World: The Disabled in the Law of Torts, 54 CAL. L. REV. 841, 858 (1966).

When:   April 24-25, 2014
 
Where: National Federation of the Blind
            Jernigan Institute
            200 East Wells Street
                   at Jernigan Place
            Baltimore, Maryland 21230
 
Registration Fee:    $175
Students:                $  25

A limited number of scholarships to cover the registration fee will be available to individuals with demonstrated financial need.

2014 Topics and Speakers

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.  Presenters include:

  • 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. Tullman, professor of law and director, Took Crowell Institute for Youth; and
  • Theresa Vargas, staff writer, The Washington Post.

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

Agenda and Registration

View the agenda for the 2014 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
    National Federation of the Blind
    200 East Wells Street
          at Jernigan Place
    Baltimore, MD 21230

CLE Credit

Documentation for CLE credits will be provided.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved for law symposium participants at the Holiday Inn-Inner Harbor, located at 301 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.  Rooms may be reserved for April 23-25, 2014, at the rate of $147.00 per night (includes breakfast buffet), plus applicable taxes and surcharges.  To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at (410) 685-3500 and request the National Federation of the Blind block.  Or make your reservation online at NFB Law Symposium.  Individuals who wish to reserve an accessible room should call Richard McSweeney, reservations manager, at (410) 637-4621 to make their reservation.  Reservations must be made by 3:00 p.m., April 2, 2014.  The NFB will provide a free morning and evening shuttle between the hotel and the Jernigan Institute.  Participants who will be staying at the Holiday Inn and who require accessible transportation should contact Lou Ann Blake by April 21, 2014.

Accommodation

Symposium materials will be provided in large print and Braille.  Participants who require other accommodations should contact Lou Ann Blake by April 17, 2014.

About the Symposium

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) was founded in 1940 by Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, who was blind, and who served as president of the NFB until his death in 1968. Dr. tenBroek was also a constitutional law scholar, a professor at Berkeley, an author of treatises on the Fourteenth Amendment and social welfare, and a champion for all minorities in their struggle to achieve equality of opportunity. His groundbreaking scholarship on the Fourteenth Amendment helped to provide the United States Supreme Court with the necessary tools to invalidate the separate but equal doctrine in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Dr. tenBroek introduced the concept that civil rights should apply to disabled Americans in his seminal article The Right to Live in the World: The Disabled in the Law of Torts, 54 CAL. L. REV. 841 (1966). From this article, Dr, tenBroek developed the model white cane law, which was the framework for the civil rights provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which, in turn, was the model for the civil rights provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That blind and other disabled people have been able to gain a substantial measure of participation in American life is largely due to Dr. tenBroek’s thought and energy.

The Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium provides disability rights advocates a forum in which to carry forward Dr. tenBroek’s work toward achieving for all citizens equal opportunity for full participation in the society in which we live.  With a format that includes workshops in addition to plenary sessions, the symposium will provide opportunities for discussion, collaboration, and networking.

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

Lou Ann Blake, Law Symposium Coordinator
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 complete the 2014 sponsorship form and return to:

Mark Riccobono, Executive Director
Jernigan Institute
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 2357  ●  Fax: (410) 659-5129

The 2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium was sponsored by:

National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute logo        ABA Commission on Disability Rights logo

Brown Goldstein Levy logo      Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Logo

DRA LogoMaryland Department of Disabilities logo

CREEC: Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center Logo

Law Office of Scott C. Labarre, Esq.

  
Burton Blast University Syracuse UniversityJudge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law LogoRosen Bien Galvan and Grunfield LLP Logo

The NFB would like to thank our Steering Committee members:

Lou Ann Blake, National Federation of the Blind
Peter Blanck, Burton Blatt Institute
Charles Brown, American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Marc Charmatz, National Association of the Deaf
Robert Dinerstein, American University Washington College of Law
Brian East, Disability Rights Texas
Timothy Elder, TRE Legal Services
David Ferleger, Law Office of David Ferleger
Leslie P. Francis, University of Utah
Daniel Goldstein, Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP
Scott LaBarre, LaBarre Law Offices, PC
Jennifer Mathis, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Marc Maurer, National Federation of the Blind
Mark Riccobono, National Federation of the Blind
Mehgan Sidhu, National Federation of the Blind

Previous Symposiums Archive

2013 Audio Recording

2012 Audio Recording

2011 Audio Recording

2010 Audio/Video Recording

2009 Audio Recording

2008 Audio Recording