February 21, 2020

District of Columbia

American University, Washington College of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

David Jaffe
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Tel: (202) 274-4052
Fax: (202) 895-4525

Shira Cohen
Student Affairs and ADA Coordinator
(202) 274-4030


Clinical Program

Prof. and CDR Commissioner Robert Dinerstein directs the Disability Rights Law Clinic and Seminar at WCL. It is a 2-semester clinic in which law students, under faculty supervision, represent clients in a variety of substantive areas and venues related to disability law and people with disabilities.

Other Information

We host a Biennial Conference around topics related to assisting law students with disabilities, typically held in the Spring.


The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Katherine G. Crowley
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and Dean of Students
343C Law School 
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: (202) 319-6792
Email: crowleykm@law.edu




Clinical Program

The General Practice Clinic provides students with the opportunity to experience the general practice of law, including handling cases relating to proper accommodation in the public schools.

Other Information

We offer a course called Legal Rights of People with Disabilities. This course studies federal legislation and court decisions protecting the rights of people with disabilities. All titles of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its regulations are studied, and recent cases arising under this law are discussed. Other federal legislation in the areas of employment, education, and housing rights of people with disabilities are also examined. At the discretion of the instructor, this course may include a qualifying course paper that fulfills one half of the writing requirement. This course is taught by Ms. Elaine Gardner.


The George Washington University Law School

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Dean of Students
Renee DeVigne


University Office of Disability Support Services
Rome Hall, Suite 102
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-8250
Fax (202) 994-7610

Clinical Program

Disabled People and the Law examines those areas in which persons with disabilities have traditionally been denied some right or benefit afforded other persons in our society. Students may choose to prepare a research paper or to gain practical experience doing a clinical project.

In the Vaccine Injury Clinic, students working under faculty supervision represent individuals who have suffered serious vaccine-related injuries and who are seeking damages in trial and appellate proceedings before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Other Information

Related courses: Health Care Law Seminar; Law and Psychiatry; Genetics and the Law

"Healthy Minds" mediation program for all interested students

A clinical psychologist is on the law school staff for the benefit of all students.


Georgetown University Law Center

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Mara Bellino
Coordinator of Disability Services
(202) 662-4042


Student Organization

Disability Law Society, disabilitylaw@law.georgetown.edu
Georgetown Law Mental Health Alliance

Other Information

Georgetown Law offers a practicum course in partnership with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, in which students learn to advocate for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. A course is also offered some semesters on disability discrimination law.


Howard University School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Records
Mary Sirleaf, Administrative Assistant
206 Houston Hall
(202) 806-8006

Special Student Services
Howard Center Suite 725
2225 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20059



University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Annamaria Steward
Associate Dean of Students

Disability Resource Center
Building 44, Room A-39
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 274-6417
Fax (202) 274-5375
TTY (202) 274-5579


Clinical Program

Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic is a semester-long clinic where second and third-year court-certified students represent children and parents (or guardians) primarily in special education matters. The Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic faculty, over the past sixteen years, pioneered and developed a nationally-acclaimed approach to addressing the problems of delinquency. In a large number of cases, the clinic is able to protect children from punitive responses or to extricate children from the delinquency system altogether. The clinic has applied a similar strategy in neglect cases and produced a special education manual representing a narrative explanation of special education law and describing and exploring the parallel advocacy approach.

The HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic is a semester-long clinic where second and third-year students provide comprehensive, holistic legal services to families with AIDS, including access to public entitlements (primarily Social Security disability benefits and Medicaid), drafting and executing last will and testaments, powers of attorney and advanced directives, and, if necessary, transferring legal custody of children to other family members. All students participate in classroom seminars on substantive areas of HIV/AIDS law, Social Security disability law and family law in order to represent clients in D.C. Superior Court and Social Security Administration disability hearings before Administrative Law Judges. In addition, class sessions provide students with the ability to understand the nature of the disease, the particular problems of disease and dying, and the complexities of advocating for people who face various types of prejudice, stigma, and discrimination.

Other Information

The Rights of People with Disabilities Seminar is taught by an original author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Professor Robert L. Burgdorf, Jr. It provides an introduction to the body of law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. After preliminary sessions focusing on types of disabilities, the history of unequal treatment afforded individuals with disabilities, and legal definitions of disability, class sessions examine the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other federal laws addressing disability discrimination in areas such as employment, education, public accommodations, transportation, housing, residential institutions, and access to medical services. Each student researches a selected topic, produces a legal research paper, and presents the student’s analysis and conclusions to the class.