Committee on Disability Rights

Mission Statement

The Committee on Disability Rights shall consider any and all matters pertaining to legal issues affecting people with disabilities, including but not limited to (a) development, promotion, analysis and/or comment on proposed, pending or existing legislation, regulations, or governmental policies or procedures, (b) education of the legal community, government and the general public, (c) provision of forum for discussion of important public issues, and (d) involvement in law reform activities.

This Committee was established on June 1, 1982 and is co- chaired by Alyssa M. Barreiro, Esq. and Sheila E. Shea. Esq.

Upcoming Programs

Lawyers with Disabilities
Monday, May 20, 2019 | NYC
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | 7.0 MCLE Credits

Video online Archive Programs

Representing People with Disabilities
October 2018 | 7.0 MCLE Credits

Service Animals versus Emotional Support Animals
August 2018 | 1.5 MCLE Credits

Special Education Law Update
June 2018 | 7.5 MCLE Credits

Who Helps When a Lawyer is the One in Need: Understanding the Impact of Disabilities in the Legal Profession
2018 Annual Meeting | 3.0 MCLE Credits

Disabilities in the Legal Profession

December 2016 | 4.5 MCLE Credits

HIPAA/HITECH for Lawyers Update

December 2014 | 2.5 MCLE Credits


A Guide to The Use of Service Animals in New York State
New York City Bar and New York State Bar Associations Joint Task Force on Service Animals in NYS

Working with Jurors with Disabilities
A guide for attorneys who are working with jurors or potential jurors who have disabilities.

Disability Law and Practice
2017 Recipient of ACLEA's “Award of Professional Excellence” in Publication

Nancy Maurer, Esq.
Simeon Goldman, Esq.

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education and the Committee on Disability Rights of the New York State Bar Association.

This three-book series draws on the practical experience of the authors and editors whose representation serves individuals and groups who have traditionally faced barriers in many aspects of life.  Each standalone volume focuses on a particular area of disability law and includes chapters on ethics and resources for the practitioner.  They are a valuable resource for all practitioners whether they work regularly in the field of disabilities or as part of their pro bono practice.

DISABILITY LAW AND PRACTICE, BOOK ONE: Special Education, Assistive Technology and Vocational Rehabilitation

DISABILITY LAW AND PRACTICE, BOOK TWOFinancial and Health Care Benefits and Future Planning 

DISABILITY LAW AND PRACTICE, BOOK THREECivil Rights of People with Disabilities: Law, Litigation and Attorney Fees

Disability Rights Law For Labor & Employment Attorneys in New York
By Mark H. Leeds, Esq. (Updated July 2017)