2018 Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium & Award Dinner
TASH is celebrating those who have made history in the disability field, and who have worked tirelessly in the legal field for equity, opportunity, and inclusion for people with disabilities. TASH is pleased to announce the second annual Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium and Award Dinner, to be held on Thursday, July 19 at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, DC. A half-day symposium will explore the history and future of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the landmark Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W. decision, followed by a reception and dinner to honor Susan C. Jamieson for her exceptional leadership in disability law including the Olmstead decision.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Eastern Time
George Washington University Marvin Center
1:00 PM — Symposium
5:00 PM — Reception
6:00 PM — Dinner
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About Susan C. Jamieson
Susan (Sue) C. Jamieson has worked for three legal services programs during her 40-year career: Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Legal Services of North Carolina, and Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
Since 1980, she has focused on the rights of people in institutions. This interest began with her concern that this population was isolated, not only from society in general but from legal advocacy in particular. Regardless of the prior economic history of people in institutions, they are, for the most part, poor and without any independent access to advocates. Because this population is inadequately served by the legal community, fundamental rights to liberty and access to critical public benefits are at stake. Sue’s emphasis is on the basic legal rights of this population under state and federal law and finding ways to expand legal and advocacy resources to protect and enforce their rights.
Sue founded and directed the Mental Health and Disability Rights Project at Atlanta Legal Aid Society (now, Disability Integration Project) until her semi-retirement in 2009. Sue was lead council in the Olmstead litigation on behalf of two women in a Georgia state institution. In 1999, the United States Supreme Court ruled in that case that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public entities to place persons with disabilities who are in institutions in more integrated, community-based settings, if their clinicians agree and this is their choice. Since then, the work of the ALAS rights projects has focused on ways to establish mechanisms at the individual representation level to apply and implement the ADA principle of integration. The project has also worked on applying this principle to people in nursing homes whose placement is through a public program (Medicaid), thus bringing them within the parameters of the Olmstead case. In this context, the project also advocates for individuals in nursing homes and state institutions seeking Medicaid-funded community-based services who have been denied access to these services or have applied and been denied.
Sue is currently co-director with Talley Wells of the Disability Law Project at the Institue on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia.
Sue has been recognized for many successes working for the rights of the disabled, including the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities’ 2006 Heart of Gold Award, the Emory Public Interest Council lifetime achievement award, and others. Sue completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University in 1968. She joined the Peace Corps in Brazil from 1968-1970 and completed her law degree at Rutgers School of Law in 1974.