Lecture: Disability Disc. Law 40 Years after Section 504

Thursday, October 24, 2013
4:00 PM
Law Center Room 1013
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College of Law
Rachel Phipps

The University of Toledo College of Law presents

Laura Rothstein

Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Disability Discrimination Law 40 Years after Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Impact on Higher Education


Professor 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 will also address topics concerning faculty and staff, and university-wide programs such as sports events. 


Laura Rothstein joined the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville 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.

Professor Rothstein is one of the nation’s leading experts on disability law. 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 & Creative Activity and the February 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 B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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