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51 U. Louisville L. Rev. 429 (2013)
Disability Discrimination Law: The Impact on Legal Education and the Legal Profession
Laura Rothstein*
Abstract

Disability discrimination law affects every lawyer, even those who do not plan to represent clients with disabilities or practice in the area of discrimination law. It also affects every law school and every institution of law, from the courts to federal governmental agencies. It affects gatekeepers to legal practice—the Law School Admission Council and the state bar admission authorities. It applies to areas of concern for the American Bar Association accreditation process and the Association of American Law Schools membership requirements. The fortieth anniversary of the beginning of federal policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability is a good time to reflect on the impact on legal education and the legal profession.

* Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. This commentary is based on a lecture given on March 20, 2013, for the Faculty Showcase Series sponsored by the Brandeis School of Law Student Bar Association and University of Louisville Law Review. Appreciation is expressed to Jacob Giesecke (SBA President, J.D., 2013) and Edward M. O’Brien (Editor in Chief of the Law Review, J.D., 2013) for initiating this series and for recognizing the value of faculty scholarship. Appreciation is also extended to Robin Rice for his kind introduction at that event. The author is currently writing a comprehensive law review article about these issues.