Disability Rights Law Resources

Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Disability Rights Committee: Serves the legal concerns of the diverse community of people with disabilities by creating and advocating policy and educating the legal community through seminars and workshops.

Elder Rights Committee: Promotes the rights of the elderly and the aging through education, information, and resources.

Commission on Disability Rights

Carries out an array of projects and activities addressing disability-related public policy, disability law, and the professional needs of lawyers and law students with disabilities.

Commission on Aging and the Law

Works to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons.

Section of Criminal Justice—Equal Justice Division

Mental Health Committee: Serves as a resource on issues related to people who are both living with mental illness and involved with the criminal justice system. 

Section of Torts, Trial, and Insurance Practice

Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee: Concentrates on matters relating to health, disability, long-term care, accident, medical, and hospital expense insurance contracts. 

Section of Real Property, Trusts, and Estate Law

Trusts & Estates Committee—Long-term Care, Medicaid, and Special Needs Trusts: Educates members about the many options available to help secure the future of persons of any age who are challenged by physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities. 

Young Lawyers Division

Disability Rights Committee: Works with individuals with disabilities and those interested in disability rights to help ensure that young lawyers with disabilities are equally included in the YLD, the ABA, and the legal profession. Hosts and supports teleconferences on various disability rights issues such as the school-to-prison pipeline and its impact on students with disabilities, emphasizes the inclusion of disabled attorneys in YLD programming, and provides opportunities for publication.

Senior Lawyers Division 

Elder Law Committee: Studies the options and problems connected with retirement planning, housing, guardianships, long-term care planning, Medicare, Medicaid, working with senior clients and their families, and end-of-life decisions.

AIDS Coordinating Committee: Stands as the core of the ABA’s response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, developing HIV/AIDS-related policy recommendations for adoption by the ABA House of Delegates and, upon their adoption, advancing those policies through ABA-sponsored programs and projects.

ABA Groups

Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law Portal

Lawyers with Disabilities Portal

Human Rights Magazine

Each of our Section members receives a subscription to Human Rights, our award-winning quarterly magazine. For decades, it has been a trusted source of expert ideas, opinions, and discourse on a diverse array of topics in the human and civil rights arena.

About the Magazine

Published quarterly, Human Rights covers a wide range of topics in the human and civil rights arena. While the subscription is free of charge for Section members, individual subscriptions may be purchased for $18 by calling the American Bar Association Service Center at 1-800-285-2221. Additional annual subscriptions for Section members are $3 each.

If you are a member of the ABA but not the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities then we encourage you to join today. If you are not a member of the ABA then we encourage you to visit the ABA membership page. You can also resolve membership issues by calling 1-800-285-2221.

Please note that all information appears as it did when originally published. Therefore, some biographical information about the authors may no longer be accurate.

Editorial Board

Chair Wilson Adam Schooley

Kristen Galles
Jason Miller
Serena Nowell
Claire Parins
Aram A. Schvey
Jason Sengheiser
Juan Thomas
Penny Wakefield
Stephen J. Wermiel
Alex Wohl

Issue Editors
Wilson Adam Schooley
Misty Thomas
Seth Miller

Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Chair Kirke Kickingbird
Chair-elect Robert N. Weiner
Vice-Chair Wilson Adam Schooley
Secretary Sheila Y. Thomas
Finance Officer Toby Graff
Section Delegate Estelle H. Rogers
Section Delegate Walter H. White, Jr.
Immediate Past Chair Lauren Stiller Rikleen
Section Director Tanya N. Terrell
Associate Director Paula Shapiro
Project Director (AIDS) and Director of the ABA Center for Human Rights Michael L. Pates
Project Director (Death Penalty Due Process Review) Misty Thomas
Section Administrator Jaime T. Campbell
Program Assistant Alli Kielsgard

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