“The horizon recedes as we advance” was a phrase often quoted by Loyola Law School Dean Emeritus Gerald “Gerry” McLaughlin. Dean McLaughlin was a stalwart friend of Disability Rights Legal Center and a founder of the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC), who passed away on April 12, 2015.
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Accommodating Clients with Disabilities in the Legal Practice
Our staff attorneys represent clients with a diversity of disabilities: sensory, mobility, cognitive and intellectual as well as clients experiencing mental health challenges. We also work with different co-counseling arrangements; single practitioners, small law firms, medium size law firms, and large international firms. It is through our work with these various players that we have developed exceptional expertise in how to serve legal clients with disabilities through the accommodations process.
This is why I was pleased to find this week that our Legal Director, Michelle Uzeta, and a staff attorney, Trevor Finneman, published an article in Law Practice Today, the monthly webzine of the ABA Law Practice Management Section. Finneman and Uzeta provide a detailed overview of a law office’s obligations in meeting provisions of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They cite specific tools in working with clients with visual or hearing disabilities, those with mobility aids, and even more difficult, how to work with clients with cognitive disabilities.
You can read the article online by clicking here: www.americanbar.org/content/newsletter/publications/law_practice_today_home/lpt-archives/july13/serving-clients-with-disabilities.html
Inclusion, fairness and justice—these are just some of the values of DRLC and by adequately accommodating clients with disabilities, attorneys can ensure that their clients have equal access to not only their own law practices but to justice itself.