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Disability in a Diverse Legal Community (4.5 hrs. CLE /1 hr. Ethics)
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4.5 hrs. CLE /1 hr. Ethics

When: 11/20/2014
11:30 am to 4:45 pm
Where: Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
350 Maryland St.
Indianapolis, Indiana  46225
United States
Contact: Sherry Allan

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Disability in a Diverse Legal Community

Co-Sponsored by the ISBA Membership Committee & the Indiana Bar Foundation


Thursday, November 20, 2014

4.5 hrs. CLE/1 hr. Ethics


Registration is only $45 and includes lunch!




11:00 - 11:25 am



11:30 - 11:45 am

          Welcome, Introductions, & Lunch

          Clayton C. Miller, Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP


11:45 - 12:45 pm

          Inclusion of Attorneys with Disabilities in a Diverse Legal Community


Joan M. Durocher, General Counsel & Director of Policy, National Council on Disability



Even though diversity is such an important part of workplace culture, disability is still not emphasized as a key part of that diversity. The number of attorneys with disabilities who are employed full-time is still very low. If employers are truly focusing on increasing diversity at their firms and organizations, but do not have proper representation from all communities, including the disability community, they are failing at fulfilling the goals of creating a diverse workplace. Disability is an essential part of diversity and failure to include attorneys with disabilities as employees in the legal work place ensures that employers are truly missing out on a valuable perspective.  


12:45 - 1:00 pm



1:00 - 1:45 pm

          The Interactive Process at the Heart of Creating an Accessible Workplace

Juli A. Paini, Department of Defense

Steven F. Pockrass, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


This session covers the employment provisions contained in ADA Title I, as well as it’s supporting regulations and case law.  Beyond a strict review of legal requirements, our speakers will describe how to successfully engage in an interactive process that creates an inclusive workplace for attorneys with disabilities, including discussion centered upon how to identify informal requests for accommodations, as well as best practices in implementing reasonable accommodations. 


1:45 - 2:30 pm

          Creating an Accessible Law Practice: Working with Clients with Disabilities

Gregory S. Fehribach, Doninger Tuohy & Bailey, LLP

Learn what every attorney needs to know about Title III of the ADA. Is your office a “Public Accommodation”? Do your clients have physical access to your office? Do your clients have access to the content or programming that you provide?


2:30 - 2:45 pm



2:45 - 3:45 pm

          Life Experience with Reasonable Accommodations: A Panel Discussion

Clayton C. Miller, Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP (Moderator)

Emily A. Munson, Family & Social Services Administration

Jennifer L. Weber, Indiana Judicial Center

Jeff R. Hawkins, Hawkins Law PC & ISBA President


A panel of attorneys with disabilities discuss workplace modifications & how reasonable accommodations work in the real world.


3:45 - 4:45 pm

          Addressing Disability Bias

Katrina M. Gossett, Faegre Baker Daniels

Seth M. Lahn, Indiana University Maurer School of Law


Approaching disability as an issue of diversity, this ethics session addresses what is unusual about the wording of the prohibition against bias in the Indiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct. We will discuss the definition of disability bias and its impact from both a personal and a statistical perspective. Speakers examine how adults with disabilities are faring by providing information about unemployment among college educated people with disabilities. How we can change outcomes by encouraging and promoting accessible careers and exchanging ideas for making a difference through small changes in your practice that contribute to a culture of inclusion.

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