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Upcoming Event: Olmstead Goes to School: The Americans with Disabilities Act in the Special Education Setting

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The Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State University College of Law will be hosting a CLE event on November 4 at 11:45 am.

Georgia State University College of Law
85 Park Place, Room 341
Atlanta, GA 30303


Patrick T. Andriano, J.D.
Reed Smith

Jerri Katzerman
Director of Advocacy
Columbia Legal Services

Talley Wells
Disability Law Project Co-Director
Institute on Human Development and Disability
University of Georgia


Emily Suski
Assistant Clinical Professor
Georgia State University College of Law



The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W., an Atlanta case that is often called the Brown v. Board of Education decision for people with disabilities. In Olmstead, the Court found that placing individuals in restrictive institutional settings when they could be served in integrated community-based settings with appropriate supports violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The U.S. Department of Justice is now relying on Olmstead in cases involving students with special needs, including students with mental and behavioral disabilities.

Our panelists will describe the historical background of the ADA and the current context of the Olmstead decision, which the department has made a priority. Then they will discuss the short- and long-term negative impacts of excluding and segregating students with special needs, and the challenges states face in serving these students and complying with the ADA.

This event is open to the public and lunch is provided. For more information, contact Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08) at the Center for Law, Health & Society at 404-413-9088 or

For information on directions and parking, visit

Continuing Legal Education credit has been applied for from the State Bar of Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (cost is $5 per credit hour). To receive credit, bring your Georgia Bar number and sign in at the CLE table.


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