New Episode! An Insider’s Perspective on the Legal System

Speakers Description On this episode of Disability Rights Today, we welcome Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court of Northern California.  She also served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Stanford Law School.  Judge Cordell practiced law in East Palo Alto, CA, a low-income, African American, and Mexican American community south […]

New Episode! Upcoming Supreme Court Term: Critical Cases that Could Impact the Disability Community

Speakers Case Summaries (1) CVS v. Doe concerning whether Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973—and by extension Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—provides a disparate-impact cause of action for plaintiffs alleging disability discrimination. (2) Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller addresses whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the statutes that incorporate its remedies […]

New Episode ! C.L. v. Del Amo Hospital – 9th Circuit Ruling on Certification of Service Animals and ADA

Speakers Case Summary In this episode of Disability Rights Today, we focus on the court case of C.L. v. Del Amo Hospital, Inc. In this case, the plaintiff C.L., had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. She obtained a dog, with the intent to train the dog, Aspen, to be a service animal. While seeking inpatient treatment […]

On July 26, Disability Rights Today will feature Crawford v. Hinds County Board of Supervisors

Speakers Case Summary On July 26, Disability Rights Today will feature Crawford v. Hinds County Board of Supervisors, (5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2021). In 2017, wheelchair user Dr. Scott Crawford, a retired clinical neuropsychologist, sued Hinds County in Mississippi under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as he was unable to perform jury duty in 2012 and 2015 because […]

BBI’s Jonathan Martinis quoted in Time article “How Britney Spears’ Case Could Change the Future of Conservatorship”

“Every time we shine a little bit of light, things get easier for everyone after that. Britney’s not just shining a light, she’s a huge spotlight,” says Martinis. “So maybe just maybe the conversation changes a little bit and the culture changes a little bit. And we say before guardianship, what else can we do?” “It’s a cultural failure,” says […]

Gil v. Winn-Dixie, 11th Circuit Decision on Web Access and the ADA

Speakers Description On April 7, 2021, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Gil v. Winn-Dixie that websites operated by businesses are not “places of public accommodation” under Title III of the ADA. Gil’s inability to access the Winn-Dixie website, due to his blindness, therefore, was not in violation of the ADA. In the court’s opinion, the company’s website, without a […]