The Olmstead Decision and its Aftermath: Enforcing the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities


A Collaboration of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and

The University of Georgia Institute on Human Development and Disability

TUESDAY, January 28, 2014

Reception 5:30

Panel Discussion 6:00 to 7:30

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

5th Floor Moot Court Room

4340 Connecticut Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20008



In Olmstead v. L.C., the Supreme Court held that, pursuant to the “least restrictive environment” provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ), a person with a disability has a right to live in community settings rather than in institutions.


Join us to hear an outstanding group of experts discuss the origins and impact of the Olmstead case. Speakers will also address Thorpe v. District of Columbia , an ADA class action on behalf of DC residents living in nursing homes. Rights of People with Disabilities



Dr. Zolinda Stoneman: Director, Professor and Research Coordinator, Institute on Human

Development and Disability, University of Georgia .

Robert L. Burgdorf, Jr. Esq.: Professor of Law, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. Prof. Burgdorf

drafted the original Americans with Disabilities Act introduced in Congress 1988.

Susan Jamieson, Esq.: Lead attorney in Olmstead v. L.C., which she filed as an attorney with Atlanta

Legal Aid Society.

Joseph Shapiro: NPR News Investigative Journalist and author of NO PITY: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES


Marjorie Rifkin, Esq.: Managing attorney at University Legal Services (ULS) the protection and

advocacy agency representing people with disabilities in Washington , DC ; cocounsel for

plaintiffs in Thorpe v. District of Columbia .

.Melissa Taylor, Esq.: A graduate of Howard University . She is a writer and artist. Ms. Taylor now lives

in her own wheelchairaccessible apartment following two years in a DC nursing facility.

Nicholas Lee, Esq: Attorney with the United States Department of Justice Disability Rights Section.

Mr. Lee works specifically on Olmstead enforcement.



Karen Forman, Esq.: Associate Dean, Public Interest, Clinical and Graduate Programs UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.




The School of Law is wheelchair accessible. To request other accommodations please contact Jordana Arias at 202274 5073 or Requests must be received by January 21, 2014.

About the author 

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

Me? I have a Ph.D. in Psychology and a law degree [J.D.] but I am happier writing, creating courses, playing with images and words on tees and mugs, etc.

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