The Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law & Policy’s Volume 27 Symposium will be framed around the 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision.

The decision applied the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to hold that public entities discriminated against people with disabilities by only providing public benefits to individuals who submitted to institutionalization. Olmstead reshaped the lives of many people with disabilities, their families, and the communities in which they live. It also changed the delivery of public benefits for people with disabilities and how state and local governments spend of hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

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Location Information:

Georgetown University Law Center
120 F Street NW
12th Floor Gewirz Student Center
Washington, D.C. 20001

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600 2nd Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

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Schedule of Events: (Draft and subject to change)

9:30 AM Introductory Remarks

  • Prof. Peter Edelman | Georgetown University Law Center, Faculty Advisor of Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy

9:45 AM Building Coalitions and the Disability Rights Movement

  • Judith Heumann, Author, Lifelong Advocate for the Rights of Disabled People
  • Bob Williams, Former Commissioner of the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities

10:30 AM Housing and Olmstead v. L.C.

  • Moderator: Eve Hill, Esq. | Brown, Goldstein & Levy
  • Prof. Michael Diamond | Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kelly Bagby, Esq. | AARP Foundation Litigation
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Esq. | Urban Institute
  • Amie Lulinski, Ph.D. | University of Colorado, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

12:00 PM Lunch Break

1:00 PM Direct Service Providers and their Work

  • Moderator: Amy Hewitt, Ph.D. | University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration
  • Joseph Macbeth | National Association of Direct Service Providers
  • Kezia Scales, Ph.D. | PHI International
  • Brandon Williams | SEEC

2:30 PM Olmstead in Prison: Pathways towards Abolition

  • Prof. Jamelia Morgan | University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Talila Lewis, Esq. | Community Lawyer & Consultant

4:00 PM Olmstead v. L.C.: The Supreme Court Case

presented by The Georgetown University Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute

  • Moderator: Prof. Samuel Bagenstos | University of Michigan Law School
  • Prof. Michael Gottesman | Georgetown University Law Center
  • Jennifer Mathis, Esq. | The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Prof. Irving Gornstein | Georgetown University Law Center

5:30 PM Reception