2011 Conference Schedule

Agenda for the 4th Annual NALSWD Conference

All events except for the Happy Hour and Small Group Dinners will be at Golden Gate University School of Law, in the 6th Floor Golden Gate Center.

4:30 – 6:30 NALSWD Happy-Hour to kick-off the conference!

Fang Restaurant, 660 Howard Street (between 2nd and 3rd st)

8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome Speech Opening the Conference

Drucilla Stender Ramey, Dean of Golden Gate University School of Law

9:30 – 10:30 Panel 1: Applying for Bar Exam Accommodations

Speakers will include Disability Services representatives and recent alums to outline the process of getting accommodations for the bar and strategies for avoiding common problems with the process.

  • Sue Lunbeck, UC-Hastings School of Law
  • Karma Quick, Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
  • Dria Fearn, Freedom Bus Project.
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 Panel 2: Disability Disclosure, Accommodation, and Success in the Workplace

When, how, and why to disclose your disability in the context of employment as well as tips for successful self-advocacy for job accommodations.

  • Claudia Center, The Employment Law Center
  • Carrie Griffin-Basas, University of North Carolina Law School
  • Rebecca Williford, Disability Rights Advocates
  • Rachel Langston, The Employment Law Center
11:45 – 1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 2:45 Panel 3: The ADA at 20: Where Lawyers with Disabilities are Now

Our panelists will be lawyers with disabilities who have taken advantage of the opportunities the ADA opened up to successfully pursue a wide variety of legal career paths.

  • Kathi Pugh, Morrison & Forrester
  • Stuart Pixley, Microsoft
  • Susan Mizner, San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability
  • Noah Smith, Berkeley Law School
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Panel 4: Technology and Litigation: Two Paths to Increased Access

Legal advocates for people with disabilities and representatives from the tech industry will discuss the potential – and the potential legal issues – of accessible technology.

  • Ben Foss, Intel
  • Cynthia Waddell, International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet
  • Karla Gilbride, Disability Rights Advocates
  • Trevor Finneman, Disability Rights Legal Center
4:00 – 5:00 Reception
5:00 – 5:45

Ian Mackey Newman Keynote Speech

Larry Paradis, Executive Director of Disability Rights Advocates

Introduction by Cristina Rubke, Shartrsis Friese LLP

6:00 – 8:00 Small Group Dinners Out in the City
8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 Opening Remarks from the NALSWD Executive Board
9:30 – 11:00 Group Student Discussion about NALSWD’s Accomplishments in 2009-2011 and Priorities for 2011-2012
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:45 Discussions About Elections and Potential Candidacies
11:45 – 12:15 Debrief (immediately followed by application for travel funding, see Apply for Travel Funding for details)