The Law, Disability & Social Change Project

The Law, Disability & Social Change Project is directed by Professor Laverne Jacobs at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. The LDSC Project team conducts research into current legal and policy issues to help empower people with disabilities to fully achieve their rights and, more generally, to foster and develop inclusive communities. The project focuses on listening to, incorporating and respecting the voices of people with disabilities and aims to further the motto “nothing about us without us”. The LDSC Project team undertakes a variety of projects that feed grounded research and theory into policy development and legal decision-making. Current projects include research on accessibility legislation, consent and capacity, transportation inequality, legal aid, general disability discrimination and more. Our students also publish a monthly summary of the Canadian human rights tribunal decisions relating to disability every summer on this website.

The people


Laverne Jacobs, BA(Hons), LLB, BCL, PhD (she/her) is a Canadian law professor and the Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) at Windsor Law . She is the founding Director of the Law, Disability & Social Change Project.  http://www.uwindsor.ca/ljacobs  ; Email: ljacobs@uwindsor.ca   

Affiliated Scholars, Disability Community Members and/or Faculty: 

Tess Sheldon (she/her) is an Assistant Professor at Windsor Law.  Email:  tess.sheldon@uwindsor.ca

Jijian Voronka (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Disability Studies Program at the School of Social Work, University of Windsor
Email: jvoronka@uwindsor.ca

Current Student Researchers:

Cynthia Brown (LLM Candidate ’19) at Windsor Law

Ebony Evans (JD Candidate ’20)  at Windsor Law

Rachel Herscovici  (JD Candidate ’20)  at Windsor Law

Valeria Kuri (JD/MSW Candidate ’21)  at Windsor Law

Deborah Willoughby (JD/MSW Candidate ’21)  at Windsor Law

Earlier Students/Graduates:

Maggie Shi (JD Candidate ’19) at Windsor Law

Ilija Dimeski (JD Candidate ’19)  at Windsor Law

Samuel Giblon (JD Candidate ’19) at  Windsor Law

Pani Sarkis (JD Candidate ’19)  at Windsor Law

Victoria Sorge (JD Candidate ’19) at Windsor Law

Horia Tabatabaei Soltani  (JD Candidate ’18),   Disability Legal Studies Fellow at Windsor Law

Cameron Taylor (JD Candidate ’18)  at Windsor Law

Ismail Salih (JD Candidate ’18)  at Windsor Law

Shanae Soor (JD Candidate ’17) 2016-17 Disability Legal Studies Fellow at Windsor Law

Mattie Marie Eansor Bornais (JD/MSW Candidate ’17)  at Windsor Law

Britney De Costa  JD/MSW  ’16 (LLM Candidate ’17), 2015-16 Disability Legal Studies Fellow at Windsor Law.

Victoria Cino (JD Candidate ’16), 2015-16 Disability Legal Studies Fellow at Windsor Law

Seana Chin (JD Candidate ’16) at Windsor Law

Chandima Karunanayaka (JD/MSW Candidate ’16), 2014-15 Disability Legal Studies Fellow at Windsor Law

Stephanie Skinner (JD/MSW ’15), 2014-15 Disability Legal Studies Fellow at Windsor Law

Keith Hiatt (PhD Candidate) at Berkeley Law. 

Nothing on this website constitutes legal advice.

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