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Professor Maurer’s Book Series Wins ACLEA ‘Excellence’ Award

Professor Nancy Maurer

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Professor Nancy Maurer’s co-edited book series, DISABILITY LAW AND PRACTICE, will receive the Award of Professional Excellence at the upcoming Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) Best Awards in Montreal, Canada.

The Award of Professional Excellence is the top honor given by ACLEA in its publications category.

Professor Maurer and co-editor Simeon Goldman, senior staff attorney at Disability Rights New York and an adjunct professor at Albany Law, released the first book of the series in 2013. The third and final installment was made available in the spring of 2017. It was published by the New York State Bar Association and co-sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the NYSBA Committee on Disability Rights.

The series serves as a resource for practitioners representing individuals with disabilities in New York. Each volume focuses on a specific area of disability law: Special Education, Assistive Technology and Vocational Rehabilitation (Book One); Financial and Health Care Benefits and Future Planning (Book Two); and Civil Rights of People with Disabilities: Law, Litigation and Attorney Fees (Book Three).

Professor Maurer is the director of Albany Law School’s Field Placement and Pro Bono Scholars programs and teaches courses in Negotiating for Lawyers and Legal Issues in Medicine. An accomplished scholar, she also co-edited the 3rd edition of LEARNING FROM PRACTICE: A TEXT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEGAL EDUCATION (West Academic Publishing, 2016).

She founded and for many years directed the Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic in which law students, working under faculty supervision, represented clients in discrimination, public entitlements, education or other disability rights matters. She co-developed Albany Law’s Introduction to Lawyering course which is designed to expose first-year law students to essential research, writing, and lawyering skills in context, and to teach them to think like professionals. She was the 2015 recipient of the Albany Law Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

Prior to joining the Albany Law faculty, Professor Maurer practiced law with Legal Services in Charleston, S.C. and later served as staff attorney for New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for People with Disabilities. She is a member and former co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Disability Rights. She was an original board member of Disability Rights New York—formerly Disability Advocates, Inc.—and recently stepped down after 30 years of service.

Professor Maurer is a graduate of Middlebury College and George Washington University National Law Center.

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