How Can You Help Promote National Disability Awareness?

Vol. 17 No. 1

By

Amy L. Allbright is the Director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights.

Lawyers with disabilities are an underrepresented and under-identified group in the legal profession. According to 2009–2010 NALP Directory of Legal Employers, 255 (0.23 percent), of approximately 110,000 lawyers for whom disability information was reported, were identified as having a disability. Of the 1,243 firms surveyed, about 18 percent reported disability data “not collected” or “unknown.” The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, in its 2011 survey of 391 law firms, 23.1–36.6 percent collected disability data compared to 98.1–100 percent for gender, 84.7–90.4 percent for racial/ethnic, and 48.1–52.5 percent for sexual orientation.

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