American Bar Association

Washington Bar reforms eliminate discriminatory mental health inquiries

Tuesday, June 21, 2016Lawyers seeking to practice in Washington State will no longer be singled out for seeking mental treatment under new revisions to the state bar application process, approved by the Washington State Supreme Court on June 10. “These revisions are critical…

California bill provides new protections for voters with disabilities

Friday, October 23, 2015California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law October 10, which aims to ensure voters with intellectual disabilities are not illegally disqualified from voting. Currently under state law, people under guardianship, known as conservatorships in California, are denied their…

ABA resolution urges elimination of mental health screening

Monday, August 24, 2015At its annual meeting August 3, the American Bar Association House of Delegates approved a resolution discouraging state bar entities from inquiring into the applicant’s mental health disabilities. “The American Bar Association urges states and territorial bar licensing entities to…

ABA passed resolution calls on LSAT to accommodate people with disabilities

Friday, February 10, 2012The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates unanimously passed a resolution February 6 urging the Law School Admission’s Council to improve its procedures for ensuring people with disabilities have a fair shot at attending law school. “The American Bar Association…

Barney Frank bill back in Congress

Wednesday, June 8, 2011U.S. Rep. Barney Frank has reintroduced a bill that would create new restrictions on class action lawsuits filed by federally funded entities against facilities housing people with disabilities. The bill would create a time-limited avenue for residents with disabilities, through…

ABA pledge passes the century mark

Sunday, June 5, 2011More than 100 legal employers nationwide have signed the American Bar Association’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law one-page pledge to promote disability diversity in the legal profession. A variety of advocacy law groups, law firms, law schools and…

Lawyers with disabilities edit book

Saturday, May 28, 2011“Lawyers, Lead On: Lawyers with Disabilities Share Their Insights” is  a new book edited by Carrie G. Basas, Rebecca S. Williford, and Stephanie L. Enyart.  The Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law is the sponsoring entity. It is described…

Law School Admission Council to expand screen access

Tuesday, April 26, 2011The National Federation of the Blind reached a settlement April 26 requiring the Law School Admission Council  to install screen access technology on its website so it is accessible to people who are blind. Under the terms of one settlement

ABA opposes Barney Frank bill

Tuesday, August 10, 2010The American Bar Association House of Delegates passed a resolution August 10 opposing a bill from U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) restricting the rights of federal Protection and Advocacy groups to file class action lawsuits. “The American Bar Association opposes…