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February 21, 2020


Belmont University College of Law (Nashville)

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Accessibility Services

Belmont University is dedicated to providing a comprehensive Disability Services Program (DSP) which ensures equal access to students with disabilities, and allows them to fully participate in the educational experience.  The Office of the Dean of Students manages Belmont University’s Disability Services Program, and will provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities in order to facilitate equal access to University programs and services consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact The Office of the Dean of Students at (615) 460-6407. The DSP office is located within the Dean of Students office on the second level of the Beaman Student Life Center, Suite 200.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Experiential Learning

Externship placement with Disability Rights Tennessee


Disability Law: This course looks at the various laws that have been enacted to protect individuals with disabilities, primarily focused on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which has changed the legal landscape for employers, government, and businesses with regard to their treatment of disabled individuals.  Specifically, it examines the basic framework under applicable laws to protect against discrimination of disabled individuals, including public accommodations, and also analyze some of the challenges that organizations face in implementation of the law.

Mental Health Law: This course examines the unique set of laws and regulations that govern patients with mental health issues. Specifically, the course looks at the various complexities of the treatment of mental health patients, including issues surrounding informed consent, involuntary admissions, privacy of patient information, competency for decision making, patient safety, conservatorships, and guardianships.  This course also examines important issues at the intersection of law and psychology/psychiatry, both civil and criminal.

Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (Knoxville)

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Accessible Education Services

LMU is committed to providing accessible educational support services to enable students with disabilities to participate in, and benefit from, all University programs and activities. Every effort is made to reasonably accommodate the needs of a student with a disability. It is important for students to understand that it is the student's responsibility to request accessibility services at a post-secondary institution, and timely requests for services are imperative for the best possible outcomes in seeking and receiving reasonable accommodations. Our mission is to work with you as a team to remove barriers that may hinder your ability to fully participate in the academic experience at Lincoln Memorial University.

Dr. Amanda Dunn
Office Location: Carnegie Vincent Library- 109
Phone: 423.869.7121
[email protected]


Disability Law: This course provides an overview of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other state and federal laws and regulatory schemes designed to protect the interests of persons with disabilities in employment, government programs, public accommodations, and education. It will also address federal programs affecting persons with disabilities such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This class may satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

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Disability Resources

It is the policy of our law school to make reasonable accommodations for students whose disabilities entitle them to accommodations.

A student who may be entitled to an accommodation should contact Disability Resources for Students, 110 Wilder Tower, at (901) 678-2880.

If you are unsure whether you might qualify for an accommodation or wish to talk with someone about the process, please contact Jennifer Murchison, Assistant Director of Disability Resources for Students, (901-678-2880). For further information, please go to the University's Disability Resources for Students webpage located here.

Disability Resources for Students (link)

Disability Resources for Students is a part of Student Academic Success, whose motto is: Students Learning through Engagement and Involvement.

The University of Memphis is committed to providing equal opportunity and challenge to all academically qualified students with disabilities and is compliant with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. From 800 to 900 students per year are registered with Disability Resources for Students; the students have a variety of disabilities, including mobility, visual and hard of hearings, a variety of chronic health disorders, psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injury, and substance abuse.

Disability Resources for Students
110 Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN 38152-3520
Phone: 901-678-2880 V/TTY
FAX: 901-678-3070


Fair Employment Practices: Focuses on statutes banning discrimination in employment and other fair employment issues. Federal and state laws dealing with discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, disability, and national origin will be examined. Questions regarding affirmative action and "reverse discrimination" will be discussed. The course will also look at the recent erosion of the employment-at-will doctrine and a variety of special employment-related topics.

Mental Health Law

University of Tennessee College of Law (Knoxville)

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Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services (SDS) is committed to partnering with the UT community to ensure an accessible university experience for students with disabilities by removing or minimizing barriers. We engage in disability education, advance the concepts of universal design and promote disability as a component of diversity to increase inclusion on campus.

915 Volunteer Boulevard
100 Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-6087
Fax: 865-974-9552
Email:  [email protected]


Employment Discrimination Law: Surveys the major federal statutes dealing with discrimination in employment, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Considers discrimination based on an employee’s status (e.g., race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disability), sexual harassment, reverse discrimination, and affirmative action. Examines some practical aspects of practice in this area, particularly administrative requirements for pursuing discrimination litigation.

Disability Law: An overview of disability law with a major emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Will focus on many of the policy issues that arise in the area of disability law examining how laws impact the lives of people with disabilities in such areas as employment discrimination, public accommodations, housing, and education, with a particular emphasis on employment discrimination. Will survey relevant cases, statutes, articles, and legal doctrines and explore how this area of law reflects societal attitudes towards people who are perceived as having or not having disabilities. Will introduce students to social science research addressing salient disability issues in contemporary society, in addition to statutes and case law.

Vanderbilt University Law School (Nashville)

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In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Vanderbilt University is required to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. Only individuals with appropriate documentation of a disability are guaranteed certain protections and rights of equal access to programs and services; thus the documentation should indicate that the disability substantially limits some major life activity.

Accommodation Contacts:

Student Access Services
[email protected]
Commodore Access Portal

Michelle Kovash
Associate Director of Student Affairs
Vanderbilt Law School
[email protected]


Employment Discrimination Law: A study of the legal protection against discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, and handicap. The major emphasis of the course will be on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Other laws include the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. Subjects include theories of discrimination, defenses and proof; pregnancy discrimination; sexual harassment; affirmative action; and remedies for unlawful employment discrimination.

Mental Health Law: Deprivations of Life and Liberty: This course will focus on four topics:  (1) criminal responsibility (the insanity defense and other psychiatric defenses; the death penalty; sexually violent commitment statutes); (2) civil commitment; (3) competency to proceed and to waive rights; (4) the right to treatment and the right to refuse treatment.  The course will examine these subjects from doctrinal, constitutional, evidentiary and behavioral science perspectives.  Criminal Law is a prerequisite, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence are helpful as background, but are not prerequisites. Several of the classes will be co-taught with a mental health professional.