Expert to address disability discrimination law in higher education Oct. 24

October 22, 2013 | UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps



Laura Rothstein, professor of law and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and one of the nation’s leading experts in disability law, will deliver a presentation designed for non-lawyer faculty and staff in higher education Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Law Center.

The free, public lecture titled “Disability Discrimination Law 40 Years After Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: Impact on Higher Education” will begin at 4 p.m. in Law Center Room 1013.

Rothstein will provide a brief historical overview of the development of disability discrimination law in higher education. She will clarify which issues are well-settled and what the hot topics are at present. While issues that affect students will be the primary focus, Rothstein’s presentation also will address topics concerning faculty and staff, and university-wide programs such as sports events.

Rothstein joined the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law as professor of law and dean in 2000. She served as dean until 2005. During her 36 years in legal education, she has written 15 books and dozens of book chapters, articles and other works on disability discrimination, covering a broad range of issues, with an emphasis on disability discrimination in special education and higher education.

Her work to promote diversity and raise awareness on issues of disability, gender and race has been recognized by several recent awards, including the 2012 University of Louisville Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity and the 2011 William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson Law School.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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