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December 03, 2020 RAPID RESPONSE

The Future of Olmstead: 2020 and Beyond

Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 1999 majority decision in Olmstead v. L.C., Olmstead litigation has been one of the primary means through which the government and advocates have pursued deinstitutionalization and desegregation of persons with disabilities throughout society. This webinar explores the future of Olmstead, with a focus on the role of the Supreme Court, Executive Branch, and Congress. The webinar discusses some of the legal, political, and practical obstacles to full-throated enforcement and the prospects of the Disability Integration Act. Also explored will be the potential for extending Olmstead litigation into areas beyond the contours of the original case, such as children with psychosocial disabilities, people in nursing homes, and sheltered workshops. Finally, the webinar considers the application of Olmstead to criminal justice issues, from arrest through trial and to sentencing and disposition.


  • Jamelia Morgan, Associate Professor of Law and Robert D. Glass Scholar, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Sean Pevsner, Partner, Whitburn & Pevsner, PLLC


  • Robert D. Dinerstein, Acting Dean and Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law; Director, Disability Rights Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law

Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Disability Rights


Presentation: Sean Pevsner

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