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.

A Guide to The Use of Service Animals in New York State

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

Committee on Disability Rights Meeting - Annual Meeting Business Meeting
Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP is required!

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
Morgan Room, Second Floor
New York, NY 10019

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Who Helps When a Lawyer is the One in Need?
Understanding the Impact of Disabilities in the Legal Profession

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Disability Rights and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Attorneys with disabilities, whether chronic, episodic, or temporary, have professional challenges unique to all other professions.  In addition, studies demonstrate that attorneys experience disability related to alcohol use disorders at a rate much higher than other populations, and members of our profession also suffer significant rates of potentially disabling depression & anxiety. Added to this, the ethical concerns related to practicing with disability and seeking support and assistance during periods of disability can be daunting.

This Continuing Legal Education program is designed to assist lawyers practicing law with disabilities. Speakers will address the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being report, ethical rules, the Family Medical Leave Act in New York State with a particular emphasis on the Act’s applicability to lawyers with disabilities and the prevalence of behavioral health concerns among lawyers with a discussion of the avenues for assistance.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Gibson Room, Second Floor

3.0 MCLE Credits
: 3.0 Professional Practice

Agenda Topics
> Behavioral Health Concerns and Disciplinary Implications
> New York's Paid Family Leave Law
> Treatment and Intervention

Program Faculty
Alyssa Barreiro, Esq. | Wilmington Trust, N.A. | Co-Chair, Committee on Disability Rights
Sheila Shea, Esq. | Mental Hygiene Legal Service | Co-Chair, Committee on Disability Rights
Meredith Heller, Esq. | Law Office of Meredith S. Heller PLLC
Eileen Travis, LCSW | New York City Bar Association
Molly Weston Williamson, Esq. | A Better Balance
Rochelle Balter, Ph.D., Esq.
Joseph Ranni, Esq. | Ranni Law Firm
Mary Goodwin Oquendo, Esq. | Jo Anne Simon, P.C.

To register for this program, please click here.


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)