Hear Jenny Hatch and Jonathan Martinis talk about “Justice for Jenny” 2014 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

Hosted by: National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Disability Rights in the 21st Century: Creative Solutions for Achieving the Right to Live in the World

April 24-25, 2014

National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Baltimore, Maryland

2014 theme keynote speakers Jenny Hatch and Jonathan Martinis will talk about the landmark case in which Ms. Hatch won the right to make her own decisions through supported decision-making rather than being forced into a guardianship that she did not want and that would make all decisions for her.

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 inOlmstead 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.

2014 plenary session presenters:

  • 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. Tulman, 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.

2014 workshop facilitators:

  • Samuel Bagenstos, professor of law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Ira Burnim, legal director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Marc Charmatz, senior attorney, National Association of the Deaf
  • Richard Devylder (invited), chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • Andrew D. Freeman, partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Elaine Gardner, attorney advisor, Disability Rights Office, Federal Communications Commission
  • Arlene S. Kanter, Bond, Schoeneck, & King Distinguished Professor; Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence; professor of law; director, College of Law Disability Law and Policy Program; and co-director, SU Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies; Syracuse University
  • Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP
  • Christopher Kuczynski, assistant legal counsel, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • David L. Lee (invited), principal, The Law Offices of David L. Lee
  • Jennifer Mathis, deputy legal director, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Laurence Paradis, executive director and co-director of litigation, Disability Rights Advocates
  • Luciene Parsley, senior attorney, Maryland Disability Law Center
  • Karen Peltz Strauss, deputy chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  • Rebecca G. Pontikes, principal, Pontikes Law, LLC
  • Victoria Thomas, staff attorney, University Legal Services–Protection & Advocacy
  • Michael Waterstone, associate dean for research and academic centers, and J. Howard Ziemann Fellow and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
  • Lauren Young, director of litigation, Maryland Disability Law Center

Additional Information

Documentation for CLE credits will be provided.

Registration fee: $175
Student registration fee: $25

To learn more about the symposium and symposium sponsorship opportunities, view the agenda, and register online, please visit https://nfb.org/law-symposium.  You may also download from this Web site a registration form to mail or fax.  Hotel information is also available on the symposium Web site.

For additional information, contact:

Lou Ann Blake, JD
Law Symposium Coordinator
Jernigan Institute
200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Telephone: 410-659-9314, ext. 2221
E-mail: lblake@nfb.org