Friday: “Fulfilling Olmstead: Community Living for People with Disabilities”

October 29, 2019

20 years after landmark Supreme Court ruling on discrimination against people with disabilities, Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law & Policy symposium will explore its impact and promise

WASHINGTON – On Friday, Nov. 1, the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law & Policy will host a daylong symposium titled “Fulfilling Olmstead: Community Living for People with Disabilities.”


In its 1999 ruling in Olmstead v. L.C., the Supreme Court clarified, and thus expanded, the definition of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and made it illegal to require people with disabilities to submit to institutionalization in order to receive public benefits. The daylong “Fulfilling Olmstead” symposium will explore the ruling’s impact 20 years on, as well as the continued barriers to realizing its full promise of community living for people with disabilities. Expert panels will focus on the disability rights movement, current housing challenges, the role of direct service providers in the community, Olmstead’s impact in prisons, and analysis of the Supreme Court case itself.


Friday, November 1, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Reception to follow

See the full agenda here.


Kelly Bagby, AARP Foundation Litigation ∙ Samuel Bagenstos, U. of Mich. Law ∙ Michael Diamond, Georgetown Law ∙ Peter Edelman, Georgetown Law ∙ Irving Gornstein, Georgetown Law ∙ Michael Gottesman, Georgetown Law ∙ Amy Hewitt, Institute on Community Integration (U of Minn.) ∙ Eve Hill, Brown, Goldstein & Levy ∙ Judith Heumann, author and advocate ∙ Talia Lewis, community lawyer & consultant ∙ Amie Lulinski, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities (U of Col.) ∙ Joseph Macbeth, National Association of Direct Service Providers ∙ Jennifer Mathis, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law ∙ Jamelia Morgan, U of Conn. Law ∙ Kezia Scales, PHI International Gustavo Velasquez, Urban Institute ∙ Bob Williams, former commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities


Georgetown Law
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001