Commission on Disability Rights

The Commission works to promote the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for people with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities, and to promote their full and equal participation in the legal profession.

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Your support of the Commission on Disability Rights is greatly appreciated and will help us continue our work to promote the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for persons with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities and their full and equal participation in the legal profession.

CLEs and Publications

See all the Continuing Legal Education programs we have coming up, and see more about our invaluable books and other publications.

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Resources

We offer many resources for lawyers, law students, legal organizations, and other legal professionals and entities, including toolkits, potential opportunities for law students with disabilities, and much more. Click the link below to go to our resources page!

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Events, Initiatives, and Awards

Learn about our various initiatives and programs, including events for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, our mentor program, the Paul G. Hearne Award, and much more.

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About Us

Our Commissioners, Liaisons, and staff are dedicated attorneys and advocates, many of whom practice disability law or have disabilities themselves. Click the button below to learn more about the Commission on Disability Rights and its history.

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Commission Members in the News

This Lawyer's Blindness Led Him to a Tech-Focused Law Practice

The ABA Journal has published a profile on longtime Liaison to the CDR Ira "Ed" Marquette! Click below to read about his fascinating path through the legal profession.

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State Appeals Judge Challenged Biases to be First Person With Cerebral Palsy to Argue Before SCOTUS

CDR 2018-19 Commissioner Judge Randall M. Howe discusses his path to the law.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

NDEAM 2018

In this video message on #DisabilityAwarenessMonth, @ABAPresident Bob Carlson reaffirms the ABA's commitment to #diversity in the legal profession. The American Bar Association (ABA) is actively participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October and celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

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3D - The Disability Discussion Docket

The official e-mail list of the ABA Commission on Disability Rights, providing information and discussion on disability law and disability rights.

Court Access for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Guide

CDR Leadership