Instructor(s) Hanna, Jodi
This seminar will survey the major laws that affect people with disabilities, with a focus on specific legal issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities. Areas of focus include Special Education, the Americans with Disabilities Act, housing and employment discrimination, public benefits and administration, competency and mental health law, class action impact litigation and the ethics of representing people with disabilities. Teaching Methods: This course is a seminar taught by four attorneys who work for Disability Rights Wisconsin, the protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Wisconsin. Each attorney will be responsible for seminars in the area of his/her expertise. There will be two to three in-class exercises to help students develop practice skills in areas covered by the course. Students will be expected to have an advocacy role at least one of the exercises. Active class participation is expected and included as part of the overall grade. There will also be a one 15-20 page paper due at the end of the semester.