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2023 Disability Law Series:
Civil Rights and Individuals with
Developmental Disabilities

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Please join the Government Law Center and the Institute for Aging and Disability Law for the 2023 Disability Law Series: Civil Rights and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

The series will consist of five 2-hour forums exploring critical issues related to the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Each forum is free, open to the public, and will take place from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM via Zoom. CLE credits will be available for practicing attorneys.

Registration is required. To register, click the "Registration" button above and select the programs you wish to attend from the checklist. Upon registration, attendees will receive a confirmation email with a link to register for the Zoom webinar.

Schedule

Thursday, January 12: Overview of Civil Rights and People with Developmental Disabilities
This presentation will introduce attendees to critical civil rights issues faced by people with developmental disabilities. Panelists include Roger Bearden (NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities), Prianka Nair (Disability and Civil Rights Clinic, Brooklyn Law School), Hon. Kristin Booth Glen (Supported Decision Making New York; CUNY School of Law), and Mira Weiss (Weiss Law Group, PLLC). The discussion will be moderated by Tara Anne Pleat ’02 (Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC).

Thursday, February 9: Consent in Health Care Decisions
Panelists will discuss consent in health care decisions for people with developmental disabilities from a civil rights perspective. Speakers include Megan Applewhite (Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College), Haldan Blecher (NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities), Sheila E. Shea ’86 (Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Third Judicial Department), and Robert N. Swidler (St. Peter’s Health Partners). The discussion will be moderated by Albany Law School President and Dean Alicia Ouellette ’94.

Thursday, March 9: Consent of Adults in Adoption and Marriage Decisions
Panelists will discuss consent for adults with developmental disabilities in adoption and marriage decisions from a civil rights perspective. Speakers include Natalie M. Chin (Disability and Aging Justice Clinic, City University of New York), Sheila E. Shea ’86 (Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Third Judicial Department), and Edward Wilcenski ’95 (Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC). The discussion will be moderated by Simeon Goldman (Disability Rights New York).

Thursday, March 30: Challenges in Guardianship and Strategies to Address Them
Panelists will discuss the civil rights challenges of guardianship, as well as strategies to address such challenges and protect the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. Speakers include Rose Mary Bailly (Government Law Center, Albany Law School), Julie Friedman (Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Third Judicial Department), Lisa K. Friedman (Law Office of Lisa K. Friedman), Kathryn E. Jerian ’07 (The Arc New York), and Christopher Lyons (AIM Services, Inc.). The discussion will be moderated by Lawrence R. Faulkner (The Arc Westchester). Additional speakers to be announced.

Thursday, April 13: Potential Statutory Reforms to Protect the Civil Rights of People with Developmental Disabilities
Panelists will discuss potential statutory reforms to strengthen civil rights protections for people with developmental disabilities. Speakers include Rose Mary Bailly (Government Law Center, Albany Law School), Paul Kietzman ’72 (Barclay Damon LLP), and Robert N. Swidler (St. Peter’s Health Partners). The discussion will be moderated by Jennifer J. Monthie ’03 (Disability Rights New York).

CLE Information

This CLE will be available via Zoom (link will be sent in confirmation email).

Albany Law School’s Center for Continuing Legal Education has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York. This program has been accredited as a source of continuing legal education credits for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys in New York State (2.0 Professional Practice credits). For financial hardship guidelines, please call the Center for Continuing Legal Education at (518) 472-5888.

ACCOMMODATION

We welcome requests for accommodation due to a disability. Please contact Albany Law School’s Center for Continuing Legal Education at (518) 472-5888 at least a week prior to the course to discuss your requirements.

NOTE

New York State Continuing Legal Education Board regulations state that credit shall be awarded only for attendance at an entire course or program, or for attendance at an entire session of a course or program. No credit shall be awarded for attending a portion of a course or a portion of a session.

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