Tuesday, January 03, 2006

AALS Program on Disability Law

I'm back, and going through all the many tips my wonderful readers sent me in my absence.

For any law professors who might stop by this site, Ann Hubbard sends along this message:

AALS Open Program

Friday, January 6, 2006 8:30 – 10:15

Disability Law Throughout Law School and University Curricula

Disability law issues are relevant across the law school curriculum. There are legal issues about parents and guardians with disabilities; domestic violence and other forms of abuse directed at people with disabilities; the needs and rights of students with disabilities; workplace qualifications, limitations and accommodations; licensing and certification of professionals and persons in public safety positions; equal access to government benefits, programs and services; the effect of disabilities on the freedom to enter into contracts, to marry, to procreate and to direct the course of one’s life; and genetic testing, end-of-life decisions and the allocation of finite health care resources, among many others.

An open program at the AALS meeting will examine the growth and evolution of the field of disability law and its applicability across the law school curriculum and as part of wider interdisciplinary studies. Three pioneers in the field will speak about how disability law has come into its own and how disability theory has informed law and other disciplines. To illustrate how disability law can enrich other law school courses, two scholars will address disability law issues in criminal law and health law curricula.

The distinguished presenters for this panel are:

Laura Rothstein (Louisville) The Evolution of Teaching Disability Law

Ruth Colker (Ohio State) Integrating Disability Law into the University Curriculum

Arlene Kanter (Syracuse) Disability Law within Law School and Beyond

Camille Nelson (St. Louis) (Dis)Ability, Race and the Criminal Law Curriculum

Ani Satz (Emory) Integrating Disability into Health Law Courses

This presentation is part of an initiative to create an AALS Provisional Section on Disability Law. Following the program, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the proposed Section and to sign a petition supporting it. On behalf of the organizers of this proposed Section, I welcome your support and interest and hope to see you at this program Friday, January 6 at 8:30 am.

Ann Hubbard


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