2022 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

The Right of People with Disabilities to Live in a World of Pandemics, Political Polarization, and Natural Disasters

Thursday, March 24, 2022 through Friday, March 25, 2022


  • Gold: Brown, Goldstein & Levy
  • Silver: Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP
  • Bronze: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Burton Blatt Institute, Derby, McGuinness & Goldsmith, LLP, LaBarre Law Office, P.C., Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP
  • White Cane: Law School Admission Council

2022 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium: Presentations, Transcripts, and Materials

Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Remarks

Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Ronza Othman, Director, EEO Compliance, US Department of Health and Human Services

Restorative Justice: Building Relationships in Schools and the Juvenile Justice System 

Facilitators: Darren Aitchison, Director of Training and Support, Restorative Justice Alliance International; John A. Inglish, Program Director, Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s Program, University of Oregon Knight Law Center;  Seema Gajwani, Special Counsel, Restorative Justice Section, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia; Kevin Gilbert, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Howard County Public School System

Long COVID: The Challenge of Managing Claims for a Condition with Limited Scientific Data 

Facilitators: Morissa S. Fregeau, Senior Associate Counsel, Aflac, Inc.; Marvalee Harris, Clinical Director, Premier Life, Absence and Disability, Aflac, Inc.; Corey Welch, LTD Product and Appeals Director, Aflac, Inc.

Litigation Strategies and Techniques in Olmstead Actions

Facilitators: Elizabeth D. Edwards, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program; M. Geron Gadd, Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program

Disabled Attorney Pipeline: The Coelho Law Fellowship from Creation to Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities 

Facilitators: Katherine Perez, Director, Visiting Professor, The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation (Coelho Center), Loyola Law School; Angelica Vega, Coelho Law Fellow, Coelho Center, Loyola Law School; Michael Waterstone, Dean, Loyola Law School; Matthew Yanez, Law Student; Syracuse University College of Law

Community-Based Behavioral Health Services for Native American Children: Challenges and Opportunities

Facilitators: Deena Fox, Deputy Chief, Disability Practice Group, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, DOJ; Patrick Holkins, Trial Attorney, Disability Practice Group, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, DOJ; John VanDenBerg, Founding Partner and Former President, Vroon VDB, LLC; Amy Elizabeth West, Clinical Child Psychologist and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine; Catherine Yoon, Trial Attorney, Disability Practice Group, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, DOJ

Centering DisCrit and Disability Justice into the Disability Rights Framework

Presenters: Natalie M. Chin, Associate Professor of Law, City University of New York School of Law; Co-Director, Disability and Aging Justice Clinic; Jamelia N. Morgan, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law; Robyn M. Powell, Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor, Stetson University College of Law

Policy and Litigation Strategies for Pandemic Challenges

Facilitators:  Zainab Alkebsi, Policy Counsel, National Association of the Deaf (NAD); Ana Bitencourt, Legal Intake Director and Litigator, NAD; Marc Charmatz, Senior Attorney, NAD Law and Advocacy Center; Howard Rosenblum, Chief Executive Officer, NAD; Brittany Shrader, Staff Attorney, NAD; Leah Wiederhorn, Staff Attorney, NAD Law and Advocacy Center

Disabled in Court: Bringing a Disability Framework to Technology Adoption in the Civil Legal System

Facilitators:Qudsiya Naqui, Officer, Civil Legal System Modernization Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Darcy White, Senior Officer, Civil Legal System Modernization Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Change Begins at Home: Engaging Voters with Disabilities

Facilitators: Christina Asbee, Program Director for Voting Access, Disability Rights New York; Erin Haire, Voting Rights Specialist, Voting and Outreach, Disability Rights South Carolina

Access to Nondiscriminatory and Equitable Healthcare for People with Disabilities and the Continued Lessons of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presenters: Amy Nicholas, Senior Attorney Advisor, National Council on Disability; R. Larkin Taylor-Parker, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights, North Carolina; Amged M. Soliman, Senior Attorney Advisor, National Council on Disability; Ana Torres-Davis, Senior Attorney Advisor, National Council on Disability

Fraihat v. ICE: Litigation Lessons Learned from the Community, Clients, and Other Advocates

Facilitators: Rosa Lee Bichell, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates; Chloe Holzman, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates; Elizabeth Jordan, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates

Essential Legal and Practical Knowledge for Handling Disputes for Persons Living with LGBTQIA+ Identities, Persons Living with a Disability, and Persons Living at Their Intersections

Facilitators: M. Geron Gadds, Senior Attorney, AARP Foundation Litigation; Shelly L. Skeen, Senior Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

HUD’s Use of the Administrative Law Process to Enforce Disability Rights in Public and Assisted Housing

Facilitator: Shira Gordon, Trial Attorney, Fair Housing Compliance Division, Office of General Counsel

Remote Accommodations in Work and Post-Secondary Education

Facilitators: Mary Jenae Goodwin-Oquendo, Attorney, Jo Anne Simon, P.C., Adjunct Professor, Fordham University School of Law; Arlene S. Kanter, Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law

A Broader Role for the ADA in a Post-Pandemic World

Presenters: Shirley Lin, Assistant Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace; Pilar Gonzalez Morales, Director of the Accessibility Project, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center; Prianka Nair, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Co-Director, Disability and Civil Rights Clinic, Brooklyn Law School; Britany Wilson, Associate Professor of Law, Director, Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic, New York Law School

Please note: Not all session were recorded per the request of presenters. For questions regarding the symposium, please contact Lou Ann Blake at [email protected].