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Why Hire Lawyers with Disabilities?

The 2022 theme for October National Disability Employment Awareness Month, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” casts a light on the value of including people with disabilities in your workplace and providing them with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed and thrive. The American Bar Association's Commission on Disability Rights and the Law School Admission Council created the following video, featuring disabled lawyers and law students as well as law school professionals, discussing why disability diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the legal profession and why employers should recruit, hire, retain, and advance this untapped talent pool.

Speakers (in order of appearance): 

  • Chad Jerdee, Disability, Diversity, and Inclusion Advocate (Amputee)
  • Belinda Dantley, Law School Diversity Staff
  • Jared Allebest, Law Professional (Deaf)
  • Evita Nwosu-Sylvester, Recent Law Graduate (Mild Cerebral Palsy)
  • Spencer Hill, Law Professional (Visual Impairment)
  • Mike Hatcher, Law Professional (Paralysis)
  • Angelica Guevara, Law School Fellow (Neurodiverse)
  • Amanda Pham Haines, Law Student (Depression, ADHD, PTSD)
"Stand next to, with, and for people with disabilities."

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