November 21, 2018

Massachusetts

Boston College Law School (Newton)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Dean for Students
Stuart Hall, M308
(617) 552-4342

http://www.bc.edu/schools/law/services/deanstudents/disability.html

 

Boston University School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Geraldine M. Muir
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
gmmuir@bu.edu
(617) 353-3127

http://www.bu.edu/law/prospective/experience/community/

http://www.bu.edu/disability/

Office of Disabiilty Services
Lorre Wolf, Director
lwolf@bu.edu

Clinical Program

The two-semester Civil Litigation Clinical Program at BU School of Law works out of the offices of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS). Students are assigned cases concerning such issues as divorce and child custody, housing and eviction, disability and Social Security benefits, unemployment and immigration.

Other Information

The School of Law offers students the opportunity to enroll in courses focused on disability or mental health law including: Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities; Litigating Mental Health Issues; and Forensic Mental Health Issues for Lawyers. Additionally, the School of Law hosts the Pike Conference on topics related to disability, mental health or health law each year.

 

Harvard University Law School (Cambridge)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Dean of Students Office
1563 Massachusetts Avenue, P310
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1880
dos@law.harvard.edu

Lakshmi Clark-McClendon
Tel: (617) 496-2437
Fax: (617) 496-0544
lclark@law.harvard.edu

https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/dos/accessibility/

University Disability Services
Office of the Assistant to the President
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02138
disabilityservices@harvard.edu

Clinical Program

The Administrative Law and Disability Clinic
617-522-3003
Administrative appeals for clients with disabilities who have been denied Social Security benefits

The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative
617-998-0106
Directly represent victims of trauma and family violence denied Special Education benefits

Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic
https://hls.harvard.edu/dept/clinical/clinics/veterans-law-and-disability-benefits-clinic-lsc/

Other Information

Harvard Law Project on Disability
The central mission of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) is to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Student Mental Health Association
https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/smha/
The Harvard Law School Student Mental Health Association for (SMHA) serves to provide an understanding, compassionate ear for anyone seeking support; to eliminate mental health stigma in all its forms on the law school campus and in the field of law; to raise awareness of mental health resources on campus; to promote cultural, anthropological, and sociopolitical study of mental health and illness in the global context; and to participate in the international mental health rights movement.

 

New England School of Law (Boston)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Interim Director of Student Services:
Jacqui Pilgrim
(617) 422-7401
jpilgrim@nesl.edu

Other Organizations

The Mental Health Alliance is a student-run organization that supplements the support services offered through New England Law’s Office of Student Services. This group organizes wellness-promoting events, such as guest speakers and activities for Mental Health Awareness Week. They also encourage open and honest communication, as students learn to navigate the pressures of law school and their future legal careers—together.

 

Northeastern University School of Law (Boston)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Director of Academic Success Program
Victoria Mccoy
(617) 373-4677
(617) 373-5056
v.mccoy@northeastern.edu

https://www.northeastern.edu/law/student-life/services.html

Disability Resource Center (DRC)
20 Dodge Hall
(617) 373-2675
TTY (617) 373-2730
Fax (617) 373-7800

http://www.northeastern.edu/drc/

Clinical Program

Poverty Law and Practice Clinic: deals with clients who are losing their homes, losing their benefits, such as welfare and food stamps, and/or losing unemployment compensation. Many of the clients have cognitive or physical disabilities which interfere with their daily activities.

Externship Program

We have an externship program in which our students work with various legal employers: public, private and/or non-profit. Each student performs eleven weeks in four different legal settings over the course of their two upper-level years. Many of those employers represent individuals who have physical, cognitive and/or mental health disabilities. Contact: Associate Dean Luke Bierman, 617-373-5986, l.bierman@neu.edu

Student Organization

The Disability Justice Caucus (DJC) aims to promote critical engagement with issues of disability in the law and society, both within Northeastern University School of Law and in the broader community. Through an explicit commitment to intersectional anti-oppression analysis, the Disability Justice Collective seeks to disrupt and dismantle structural ableism with social, political, and advocacy activities connecting students committed to disability justice with local movements and organizations. At NUSL, we advocate to improve structural and curricular access for all law students with disabilities. Chief among our aims is to provide safer spaces for discussion, mutual support, organizing, and professional development for law students identifying as disabled (whether through developmental, learning, psychosocial, cognitive, physical, or sensory disabilities; or chronic illness).

Other Information

Courses that address disability laws and issues include: Bioethics and the Law; Disability Law; Global AIDS Policy Seminar; Health Law; Law and Psychiatry; Social Welfare Law; Education Law; Problems in Public Health Law; Pubblic Health Legal Clinic

 

Suffolk University Law School (Boston)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Ann McGonigle Santos
Associate Dean of Students
asantos@suffolk.edu
(617) 573-8155

Dean of Students Office
Sargent Hall 4th Floor
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
lawdeanofstudents@suffolk.edu

https://www.suffolk.edu/law/student-life/19301.php

Clinical Program

Several of the clinics represent individuals with disabilities and disability-related matters. See our clinical offerings at http://law.suffolk.edu/academic/clinical/

Student Organizations

Disability Law Advocates

Other Information

Suffolk University Law School is committed to serving students with disabilities and those with an interest in practicing in the disability law field.  We offer such courses as Mental Health Law, Education Law, Employment Discrimination, Children and Disabilities Law and several Health Law-related classes.  In addition, the Law School Dean of Students Office works directly with law students with disabilities (rather than relying on a general university office).  The Law School also has an assistive technology lab where students with disabilities can access library materials, study and take exams.

 

Western New England College School of Law (Springfield)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Michael Johnson
Associate Dean for Law Student Affairs
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119-2684
mjohnson@law.wne.edu
(413) 782-1376 or
(413) 782-1624
Fax (413) 782-2067

https://www1.wne.edu/law/student-life/student-disability-accommodations.cfm

Student Organization

The Student Health Law Organization sponsors programs including speakers and volunteer activities that relate to disability law and disability rights.

Clinical Program

The Legal Services Clinic, Western Mass. Legal Services; the Consumer Protection Clinic; and numerous Public Interest Externships afford students the opportunity to represent clients with disabilities and/or work with organizations involved in disability and/or mental health law.

Other Information

In addition to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, law students have access to the services provided by the college Student Disability Services office. The law school also offers the following courses: Access to Justice; Bioethics; Genetics and the Law; Health Law: Physician - Patient Relationship; Law and Social Change; and the Law of Health Care Entities.

Disability Law Writing Competition

The College of Law offers a writing competition in disability law.
https://www1.wne.edu/law/current/writing-competitions.cfm