November 21, 2018

Pennsylvania

Drexel University, Earle Mack School of Law (Philadelphia)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Jenny Duggar, Director
Office of Disability Services
3201 Arch Street, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-1401
TTY (215) 895-2299
Fax (215) 895-1402
jkd27@drexel.edu
disability@drexel.edu

Mailing address:
3141 Chestnut Street, 81-210
Philadelphia, PA 19104

http://www.drexel.edu/ods/

Other Information

We offer the following courses that focus in whole or part on the topics mentioned above:
Juvenile Justice
Special Education Law
Education Law
Mental Health Law
Employment Discrimination
Family Law

 

Duquesne University School of Law (Pittsburgh)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Ella A. Kwisnek
Assistant Dean of Students and the Evening Division
(412) 396-1474
kwisnek@duq.edu

Dean Kwisnek works closely with:
Duquesne University Office of Special Student Services
Dr. Frederick Lorensen
Director of Freshman Development and Special Student Services
(412) 396-6657
lorensen@duq.edu

Adam Wasilko
Office of Special Services
Tel: (412) 396-6657
Fax: (412) 396-2519
Wasilkoa@duq.edu

 

http://www.duq.edu/special-students/

Clinical Program

Civil Rights Clinic: represents clients who claim discrimination based on disability.

Externship Program

Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania & Summper Public INterest Fellowship Program

Other Information

We do not have live-client clinics that specifically involve disability or mental health law, but our Community Enterprise Clinic has served five clients whose missions involve the improvement of mental or physical health of persons.  They include the Community-Based Cancer Coalition/Crawford County Wellness Center; Brain Injury Support and Information Network, Human-Animal Awareness Advocacy Centers; Christian Counselors Coalition (providing mental health services in a faith-based atmosphere), and Steve Lecorchick Ministries (promoting outdoor activity experiences to persons with serious medical conditions or disabilities).
 

 

Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law (State College & Carlisle)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Keith Elkin
Dean of Students, Penn State Law
105D Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-9035
kelkin@psu.edu

The Office for Disability Services
The Pennsylvania State University
116 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-1807
Fax (814) 863-3217

https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/be_empowered/disability_services.html

Clinical Program

The Disability Law Clinic, established in 1985, offers free legal services to Cumberland and Perry County residents with disability-related problems. Legal areas include: SSI, discrimination, ADA claims, special education problems, SSDI. Students appear before Social Security Disability hearing officers and Administrative Law Judges, as well as judges of the Court of Common Pleas. They also handle appeals to the federal courts. Students are supervised by Professor Robert Rains and supervising attorneys Anne MacDonald-Fox and Megan Reismeyer, who are PA Bar members. Students are certified under the PA Supreme Court's Student Practice Rule.

Other Information

Course: Law and Individuals with Disabilities Seminar: major issues and concepts in law and social policy regarding individuals with disabilities are introduced. Topics include: income maintenance programs, special education, federal and state anti-discrimination law, accessibility, special health issues, institutionalization and deinstitutionalization.
The Office for Student Services provides services for students with mental and physical disabilities. All students are made aware of these services. The law school provides electronic textbooks and course materials to students with visual impairments note-taking services, and real-time captioning to student with documented disabilities that require these services .Services for sign language interpreters are arranged. Most classroom buildings are wheelchair accessible; however, if a classroom is not, the class will relocated to an accessible room. Extra-time and/or a private room are available for documented students on exams. Diversity Day: Student Services and the law school's Student Bar Association leadership coordinate annual Diversity Day activities.

 

Temple University, Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Affairs
Suite 103, Barrack Hall
(215) 204-1850

http://www.law.temple.edu/Pages/Current_Students/WiseGuide_Disability_Accommodation.aspx

 

University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Gary Clinton
Dean of Students
University of Pennsylvania Law School
3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204
(215) 898-7491
gclinton@law.upenn.edu

or
Student Disabilities Services
3820 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6134
(215) 573-9235
TDD (215) 746-6320

https://www.law.upenn.edu/students/policies/accommodations-for-student-with-disabilities.php

 

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Mailing Address:
Disability Resources and Services
140 William Pitt Union
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Physical Location:
Office of Disability Resource Services
216 William Pitt Student Union

(412) 648-7890

http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/drswelcome

Student Organization

Health Law Organization

Clinical Program

Health Law Clinic
Elder Law Clinic

Externship Programs

Community Justice Project
Disabilities Law Project
There may be other externship opportunities where disability or mental health law is also a component of the work done by students.

Other Information

Certificate in Disability Legal Studies: http://www.law.pitt.edu/academics/non-lawyers/dls

Master of Studies in Law: Disability Concentration

Courses in Mental Health Law and Law of Disability Discrimination

Thornburgh Family Lecture Series in Disability Law and Policy

Villanova University School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

LaRasz Moody, Esq.
Assistant Dean of Academic Success Programs
Villanova University School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
Room: 177
(610) 519-7136
Email: moody@law.villanova.edu

http://www.law.villanova.edu/Current%20Students/Academic%20Success/Accommodations.aspx

Clinical Program

Civil Justice Clinic, Professor Dveera Segal, Director, segal@law.villanova.edu,  610 519 5230; In the Civil Justice Clinic, students represent low-income clients from Philadelphia and Delaware counties in a range of civil disputes Each student will represent several clients with legal problems in different substantive areas, including, but not limited to the following: family law (parents and other parties in custody matters, support, paternity and related legal issues); housing (tenants of public and subsidized housing in preventing evictions, enforcing their right to decent, safe and sanitary housing, and defending homeowners against civil forfeiture petitions); government benefits (primarily disabled individuals seeking Social Security benefits) and representing individuals who have been wrongly accused of child abuse or neglect. Students may also represent clients in employment related matters, consumer claims and civil rights matters.

Other Information

Courses: Civil Rights Litigation, Professor Teressa Ravenell, ravenell@law.villanova.edu:  The course will provide an historical and statutory overview of federal civil rights law. A significant portion of the class will be devoted to the details of litigating under 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 - a statute that provides a private right of action for violations of the U.S. Constitution or Federal laws; Law and Mental Health: Describes relevant law, science, and practice related to important issues in mental health law. Encompasses criminal, civil, and family law. Principal course requirement is a three-hour final examination. Co- instruction with a forensic psychologist and a lawyer psychologist; EEOC Externship, Professor Ann Juliano, juliano@law.villanova.edu: In the first section, the student will assist trial attorneys in pre-trial discovery and trial preparation in cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Equal Pay Act. Externs will research and write legal memoranda. Depending on the extern's schedule and availability, and the attorneys' litigation calendars, externs may attend scheduling conferences, settlement conferences, and trials at the U.S. District Court, and pre-trial depositions. Externs may review investigative files to provide legal advice and guidance to EEOC enforcement staff, including evaluating the merits of cases and giving direction regarding the EEOC's investigation into charges of discrimination. Depending on the extern's schedule, externs may attend administrative proceedings such as fact finding conferences, witness interviews, and conciliation conferences. In the second section, the student will extern with the EEOC, ADR Unit. The student will observe, co-mediate, and eventually sole-mediate claims of discrimination filed with the EEOC under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Equal Pay Act. The student will work with EEOC staff mediators, contract mediators, and pro bono mediators throughout the semester and will receive guidance from the ADR Coordinator and staff mediators on the facilitative model of mediation. This externship provides hands-on experience in ADR and allows students a full opportunity to participate in the mediation program at the EEOC; Employment Discrimination, Professor Ann Juliano, juliano@law.villanova.edu:  This course will take both practical and theoretical approaches to the law of employment discrimination, focusing in particular on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The course will also address the structure of claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act; Education Law, Sheilah Vance, Adjunct Professor; This seminar will focus on the legal environment of public schools (K-12), including constitutional principles, legislation, agency regulation and judicial decisions which shape the direction of public education.
Student Programs: ABA Mental Health Awareness Day Program; Wellness Programming.

 

Widener University Commonwealth Law School (Harrisburg)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Affairs
Tel: (717) 541-1996
Fax: (717) 541-3999

Clinical Program

Students in the Veterans Law Clinic represent disabled veterans and their dependents before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the federal courts.  The Veterans Law Clinic offers free legal aid to veterans who wish to take an appeal to the BVA and are living at 150% of the poverty level and have been denied benefits by the regional office.  Most students in the clinic will have taken our Disability Law course.