February 21, 2020


Appalachian School of Law (Grundy)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Nancy Pruitt
Director of Student Services

Sandra Keen McGlothlin
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Law
(276) 935-4349, Ext. 1265 


Other Information

We offer seminars (limited to 20 students) in (a) Disability Law, and (b) Practice Before the Social Security Administration.

College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe Law School (Williamsburg)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Lesley Henderson
Assistant Dean of Students/Disability Services
Tel: (757) 221-2509
Fax: (757) 221-2538


Clinical Program

Special Education Law and Advocacy Clinic: Students will assist children with special needs and their families in special education matters. This may include eligibility meetings, Individualized Education Program meetings, discipline matters, mediation, administrative hearings, and Court.
Patricia E. Roberts, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Director, Clinical Programs and Legal Skills Program 
757-221-3821 (direct)

Other Information

Lawyers Helping Lawyers – Student Division: Confidential resource that helps law students find confidential help with mental health and substance abuse issues. Contact: Susan Grover, Associate Professor of Law; 757-221-3846; ssgrov@wm.edu

The Student Bar Association offers a mentoring program that links entering law students with upper-level law students who provide guidance on courses, studying and student life. The Alumni Association links students with alumni who have similar legal interests through the Co-Counsel Program, which also mentors our as they pursue their legal careers. Contact: ktpon@wm.edu.

George Mason University School of Law (Arlington)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Disability Services
Linn Jorgenson, Director
4400 University Drive
Student Union Building I (SUB), Room 2500
Fairfax, VA 22030 
Telephone: (703) 993-2474
Fax: (703) 993-4306
VP: 703-485-2122


Disability Law Seminar
Explores American law as it relates to people with disabilities, with a particular focus on discrimination in employment, education, housing, government services, and places of public accommodation. http://www.law.gmu.edu/academics/courses

Clinical Program

The Law and Mental Illness Clinic allows students to gain experience in the judicial, legislative, academic and advocacy aspects of laws concerning the treatment of individuals with severe mental illness. The classroom component of the course studies the history and development of laws affecting the people with mental illness, while also preparing the students for representation of petitioners during civil commitment hearings. Students may also represent clients and will locate and interview witnesses, appear at commitment hearings, perform direct and cross-examinations and present legal argument.


Liberty University School of Law (Lynchburg)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Office of Student Affairs
Liberty University School of Law
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 592-3396


Other Information

In 2008, the law school matriculated its first legally blind student and has its first inquiry from a deaf student prospect. It has accommodated mildly learning-disabled students in testing situations since the inaugural year. The administration has responded quickly as these needs have arisen.
The law school works with Liberty University’s “CASAS” office to add such services. Under the umbrellas of the Center for Academic Support and Advising Services (CASAS) and the Bruckner Learning Center, the Office of Disability Academic Support (ODAS) coordinates academic support services for Liberty University students who have documented disabilities. For the hearing-impaired: the law school does not currently provide Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services for the deaf, but will be looking into providing it. The Hands of Liberty Deaf Department provides support services for hearing impaired students. These support services include: interpreters in classrooms and all campus-related activities, direction and counseling, and facilitated communication with official agencies/offices on and off campus, etc. For the vision impaired: when the acutely vision-impaired student applied for admission, the law school immediately began its research with CASAS and to develop a system to serve this student to afford her all opportunities to succeed. The Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (VDBVI) counseled with law school personnel, met with the student, and recommended helps and equipment. The law school purchased new equipment including a Closed Circuit Television, and software including OpenBook and ZoomText. VDBVI provides additional equipment and services.


Judge Advocate General's School (Charlottesville)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Director, Command Support Directorate (CSD)
Mr. Michael Colburn
(434) 971-3321


Regent University School of Law (Virginia Beach)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Disability Services
Carolyn Hughes
(757) 352-4867


University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Kristine M. Henderson
Associate Dean for Student Services and Administration
University of Richmond
School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
(804) 289-8186
Fax (804) 289-8992

Disability Law Clinic 
Focuses on representation of children with mental and/or cognitive disabilities seeking appropriate special education services in the community, as well as in juvenile facilities and jails, as mandated by both federal and state law.
Adrienne Volenik - Director of Disability Law Clinic, 
(804) 289-8921

Education Rights Clinic
The clinic represents children with mental disabilities and their families. Law students advocate for children and parents seeking appropriate special education and community based services mandated by both federal and state law. Students may also represent youth with mental disabilities who are incarcerated or institutionalized. They sometimes serve as guardians ad litem for children with mental health needs in the justice system.


Employment Discrimination


University of Virginia Law School (Charlottesville)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Martha Ballenger
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
(434) 924-3737

Other Information

Courses offered on Mental Health Law, Employment Discrimination, and Employment Law: Principals & Practice


Washington and Lee University School of Law (Lexington)

Contact/ Disability Resource Center

Sidney Evans
Associate Dean for Law Student Services
Sydney Lewis Hall 528
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8533