Why Hire Lawyers with Disabilities?

2020 marks both the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In celebration of both of these momentous occasions, the American Bar Association 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 and inclusion is so important, and why employers should recruit, hire, retain, and advance employees with disabilities.

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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