Research Assistant Position

Dr L. Jacobs is looking to hire a Windsor Law student as a  research assistant (RA) in the area of law and disability. The successful candidate will work on issues relating to consent and decision-making capacity for adults with various disabilities. They will also have an opportunity to learn about procedure before the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board. It is not necessary to have experience in disability or capacity issues to apply. By the end of the RA-ship, the student will have acquired knowledge and skills in disability law, capacity and procedure before administrative tribunals. The successful candidate must be well organized, thorough, have excellent research and writing skills and also be interested in learning about and working with people with disabilities. The successful candidate must also be able to work independently and with a team. The position requires a max of 10 hours a week and may extend into the summer.

To apply, please send your CV, cover letter and transcripts to Professor Laverne Jacobs – ljacobs@uwindsor.ca by Thursday, September 28, 2017 at noon. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Lainey Feingold speaks about Structured Negotiation and Digital Accessibility Law & Policy in the United States

Date: Tuesday February 7th 2017

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Farmer Conference Room, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Refreshments will be provided!

Ms. Lainey Feingold is a U.S. disability rights lawyer and author who works with the blind community on technology, digital, and information access issues. She is widely recognized for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements without filing lawsuits and for pioneering the collaborative dispute resolution method known as Structured Negotiation. Learn more about her here.

Ms. Feingold is coming to Windsor Law to discuss her new book Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits published in the fall of 2016 by the American Bar Association. The book describes the strategy Lainey and her clients have used for two decades to work on accessible technology issues in both the public and private sector.

For more information on this event, please visit:

Lainey Feingold at Windsor Law

or contact eansorm@uwindsor.ca

TRANSPORTATION & DISABILITY LAW PANEL

Presented by the Windsor Disability Law Student Society

When: Wednesday November 2, 2016 from 4:30pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Law Faculty Lounge (2nd floor), University of Windsor

Speakers: Dr. Laverne Jacobs, Mr. Peter Best

Come join us at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law for a discussion about how to make our communities more accessible. Dr. Laverne Jacobs is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate studies at Windsor Law, she offers extensive insight on the interaction between disability and the law. Mr. Peter Best is a local community advocate for inclusive communities and accessible public transit and a recipient of the Windsor and Essex County Influential Advocate Award 2015-16. Our location is accessible and welcomes all interested parties! Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact eansorm@uwindsor.ca

THE ACCESSIBLE WORLD CONFERENCE 2016

Keynote Speaker for Policy and Public Sector Track

FULL DETAILS: https://theaccessibleworld.herokuapp.com

Speaker: Laverne Jacobs, Associate Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Date: April 28-29, 2016

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Accessible World is the first and one of its kind conference being hosted in Philadelphia, PA that will provide a platform to several students, professionals and researchers to share their work on making this world a more accessible place. This conference will cover six different tracks: Technology, Education, Media, Healthcare, Recreation, and Government Initiatives and will attract nationwide as well as international audience. There will also be lightning talks from several people with disabilities. This two day conference will help the audience stay up to date with the recent advancements in the area of Accessibility and learn ways to keep their organization/community in sync with such advancements.

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND COLLABORATION IN PROMOTING OPEN GOVERNMENT

‘Humanizing’ Disability Law: Citizen Participation in the Development of Accessibility Regulations in Canada

Speaker: Laverne Jacobs, Associate Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law
Date: March 8 – 9, 2016
Location: Paris, France

 

EXPLORING LAW, DISABILITY AND THE CHALLENGE OF EQUALITY IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES

FULL DETAILS at: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/law-and-disability-conference/

Date:  Friday, December 5, 2014 (full-day)

Location: Berkeley Law

Hosted by:

  • Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • Canadian Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley
  • Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS), Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • Disability Studies Cluster and the Diversity and Democracy Cluster of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Canada

Symposium Convener:
Dr. Laverne Jacobs, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, Canadian Studies & Visiting Scholar, CSLS UC Berkeley & Associate Professor of Law, University of Windsor, Canada

Symposium Planning Committee:

  • Laverne Jacobs, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, Canadian Studies & Visiting Scholar, CSLS
  • Susan Schweik, Professor of English & Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities
  • Irene Bloemraad, Associate Professor of Sociology & Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies
  • Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society


Symposium

Rights of equality for persons with disabilities have long held the imagination of those aiming to defeat disability discrimination.  During the almost 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, disability advocates in North America have pushed for the development of additional legal tools such as accessibility standards legislation in Canadian provinces, the continued evolution of domestic civil rights and human rights, and the reception of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  Yet, the struggle continues.

This symposium brings together scholars interested in the field of law to discuss the achievements and the challenges that continue to face persons with disabilities in their social struggle for equality in each of Canada and the US.  A relatively new field, disability legal studies is an inherently interdisciplinary one that challenges us to consider the “disability angles” of the law and the real lived experiences of persons with disabilities (Kanter, 2011).  Questions such as how the law does and should regulate the lives of persons with disabilities, how persons with disabilities can induce change in policy and legislation, and the ways in which the experiences of persons with disabilities are reflected in the law will be explored.  In this symposium, scholars will present research on a variety of issues relating to disability discrimination but which all raise a clarion call for a crisper theoretical and practical engagement between law, persons with disabilities, and society in order to effect social change.   The symposium will showcase and interrogate methods, theoretical and practical perspectives, and research findings in the pursuit of equality through disability legal studies research in the United States and Canada. The papers will be published in a special issue of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice in 2015, coinciding with the 25 year anniversary of the ADA.

https://www.law.berkeley.edu/17481.htm

SHAKING THE FOUNDATIONS: THE WEST COAST PROGRESSIVE LAWYERING CONFERENCE

http://stanford.io/1q46OaJ
Date: October 17-18, 2014
Location: Stanford Law School

Current Issues in Disability Rights Advocacy

California’s Bay Area is known to be the symbolic founding place of the disability rights and independent living movements. More than 40 years after the springtime of that social awakening, people with disabilities still face a great deal of stigmatization and discrimination in areas of life such as accessibility, education, employment, the right to live independently in the community, raising a family, etc. This panel brings together leading advocates and academics to discuss the latest developments, achievements and barriers regarding the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. and Canada.

Panelists:

•    Arlene B. Mayerson, Directing Attorney, Disability Rights, Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
•    Stephen Rosenbaum, John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer at Berkeley Law and Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School
•    Laverne Jacobs, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, 2013-14 Canada and Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies at UC Berkeley
•    Tom Burke, Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley
•    Moderated by: Doron Dorfman, JSD Candidate, Stanford Law School

FULL DETAILS AT:  http://shaking.stanford.edu/panels.html

FULBRIGHT LECTURE ON LAW AND DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION IN CANADA

FULL DETAILS at:http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/can.html?event_ID=81155&date=2014-10-15&filter=Target/Open%20To%20Audiences&filtersel=

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Location: Berkeley Law, Moses Hall, Conference Room 223
Speaker: Laverne Jacobs
Sponsor: Canadian Studies Program

RSVP requested by October 13, 2014 by contacting Rita Ross at 510-642-0531, or by emailing Rita Ross at rjross@berkeley.edu

The Canadian Studies Fulbright Lecture

Rights adjudication occupies a large part of public law analysis and theorizing. At the same time, using adjudication to achieve equality, particularly to vindicate the rights of persons with disabilities, has proven to be a formidable and often dissatisfying exercise. This paper shifts the focus from rights adjudication to the law-making process as a means of providing access to justice and social change, and uses the development of accessibility standards in Ontario as a case study. Since the enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act , 2005, the Ontario government has been working towards instituting a proactive approach to regulating disability discrimination, with the goal of full accessibility in the province by 2025. A central and unique feature of this legislation is the required inclusion of persons with disabilities and various stakeholders in consultation processes used to develop the accessibility standards themselves. The Ontario legislation has been followed in Manitoba which has enacted legislation to provide comparable accessibility standards through a similar process.

This study explores how the voices of persons with disabilities are articulated and received in regulatory processes designed to promote equality and combat disability discrimination. Through the use of multiple sources (qualitative interviews with persons with disabilities and with organizations dedicated to disability issues, government records obtained through freedom of information requests, and legal and theoretical analysis), the study aims ultimately to theorize about how persons with disabilities and multi-interest government-appointed committees may interact effectively to further minority rights.

http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/can.html?event_ID=81155&date=2014-10-15&filter=Target/Open%20To%20Audiences&filtersel=

DO ‘DISABLED VOICES’ MAKE A DIFFERENCE? EXPLORING EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS IN THE ENACTMENT OF ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS

FULL DETAILS at:http://www.law.ubc.ca/sites/www.law.ubc.ca/files/uploads/events/fc0924jacobs.pdf

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Location: Fasken Martineau Classroom, Room 122, Allard Hall, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia
Speaker: Laverne Jacobs
Co-sponsor: Center for Feminist Legal Studies

Rights adjudication occupies a large part of public law analysis and theorizing. At the
same time, using adjudication to achieve equality, particularly to vindicate the rights of
persons with disabilities, has proven to be a formidable and often dissatisfying exercise. This lecture shifts the focus from rights adjudication to the law-making process as a means of providing access to justice, and uses the development of accessibility standards in Ontario as a case study. Since the enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2005, the Ontario government has been working towards instituting a proactive approach to regulating disability discrimination, with the goal of full accessibility in the province by 2025. A central and unique feature of this legislation is the required inclusion of persons with disabilities and various stakeholders in a legislated consultation process used to develop the accessibility standards themselves. The legislation has been followed in Manitoba which has enacted legislation to provide comparable accessibility standards through a similar process.

http://www.law.ubc.ca/sites/www.law.ubc.ca/files/uploads/events/fc0924jacobs.pdf

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