Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Albany Law Review article by
Professor Mary A. Lynch has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court via the case
Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools.
Professor Lynch's 1991 article,
"Who Should Hear the Voices of Children with Disabilities: Proposed Changes in Due Process in New York's Special Education System," was cited in
a petitioners' brief filed Aug. 22, 2016. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Oct. 31.
The case centers on a Michigan student with cerebral palsy whose service dog was barred from the classroom. The issue,
according to the Detroit Free Press, is whether her family, seeking damages against the district, was "required to exhaust all their options for remedies under the [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] — which calls for administrative hearings, but doesn't include cash damages — before bringing a legal claim under the [Americans with Disabilities Act], as they … chose to do."
The cited passage deals with delays in the appeal process: "such quick resolution almost never occurs. In discussions with attorneys for children with disabilities, as well as school district attorneys, the refrain echoes—'never saw it happen,' " Professor Lynch wrote.
Professor Lynch is the director of the
Center for Excellence in Law Teaching, editor of the ABA Blawg 100-honored website
Best Practices for Legal Education, and serves on the editorial advisory board for the
Journal of Experiential Learning. This past May, Professor Lynch — a nationally recognized expert on issues related to legal education and violence against women —
was appointed the Kate Stoneman Chair in Law and Democracy.
Prior to joining the Albany Law faculty in 1989, Professor Lynch worked as an appellate and trial attorney in the New York County District Attorney's office. In 1996, while serving as director of the school's Domestic Violence Law Project, Professor Lynch and seven Albany Law students won clemency for a woman who was incarcerated for killing her abuser. Currently, as director of Albany Law School's
Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic, she supervises students working in Special Victims Units and domestic violence courts throughout the Capital Region.
She is a graduate of New York University and Harvard Law School.