Civil Rights & Disabilities Law Clinic

Civil Rights & Disabilities Law Clinic

​For more than thirty years the students enrolled in the Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic have provided critical legal assistance to individuals with disabilities who are struggling against systemic barriers that interfere with their civil rights and independence. Closely supervised by their clinical professor and collaborating with community partners, the students assist their clients in removing those barriers. Utilizing state and federal legislation aimed at ending a long history of societal discrimination, the students have been able to free people from institutional living by exchanging institutional supports for community integrated supports, to put in place appropriate educational programs for students who had been deprived of programs, and to attaing the needed services and accomodations to successfully work and live in their community. Each semester the students each represent individual clients and work together to address serious policy reforms. The work of the students in this clinic has received the Albany City Human Rights Recognition (2013) and the Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project, Clinical Legal Education Association (2011). Graduates of the program have found that employers in all sectors have valued the student's experience in the clinic.

 

 

Pre/Co-Requisite: None