Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Virtual Symposium & Award Celebration


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Virtual Symposium & Award Celebration Details

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
1:00 – 5:30 PM:ET:  Legal Symposium
7:00 – 8:30 PM ET:  Award Celebration

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 fourth annual Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Virtual Symposium and Award Celebration, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. This year, owing to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, we have decided to move our in-person event to a virtual platform. A half-day legal symposium will explore Inclusion as a Human and Civil Right: Past, Present, and Future Legal and Advocacy Implications, followed by a celebration honoring Judith Gran for her exceptional leadership in disability law.


About Our Distinguished Honoree – Judith Gran, Esq.

A portrait of Judith Gran: a woman wearing a pink blazer and pears. She is turned quarter-profile against a brown photographer's backdrop.Ms. Gran practiced law at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia from 1984 to 2009. She served as Director of Disability Projects from 1998 to 2009. She has conducted class action litigation to obtain community services for institutionalized persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, California, Illinois and Tennessee. Her work as counsel for the Arc of Pennsylvania and the plaintiff class during the implementation phase of the consent decree in Halderman v. Pennhurst from 1986 through 1998 led to significant improvements in community service systems in Philadelphia and other counties. Ms. Gran represents special education students in administrative and judicial proceedings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other states, including the class action suit Gaskin v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a case brought to enforce the least restrictive environment mandate of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that is now in the implementation phase. She is a currently a partner at Reisman Carolla Gran & Zuba.


1:00 - 1:15 PM

Welcome and Event Overview


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1:15 - 2:15 PM

Panel 1: Bringing People Out of Exile: Solidarity Work for Freedom

Attorneys, advocates, and self-advocates have worked for over half a century to end the harmful practices of segregation and institutionalization. This panel will bring together attorneys and self-advocates who have worked across generations, states, and systems to close institutions and support people with disabilities in returning to the community.


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2:15 - 2:30 PM Break

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Panel 2: Fulfilling the Inclusion Promise: Leaving No Student Behind

While students with disabilities are guaranteed the right to education in the most integrated setting possible, many students with intellectual, developmental, and communication disabilities still face segregation, aversive interventions, and denial of equal access. This panel will address the complex intersections of disability, race, socioeconomic class, and gender, that affect educational outcomes for students with the most significant disabilities, and offer strategies for building more inclusive futures.


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3:30 - 3:45 PM Break

3:45 - 4:45 PM

Panel 3: We the People: The Power and Promise of Self-Advocacy

One of the hallmarks of Judy Gran's legal advocacy has been her support for and collaboration with self-advocates with intellectual, developmental, and communication disabilities. In this panel, self-advocate leaders who have partnered with Judy in the past will discuss the impact of their work and what it means for the next generation of self-advocates in the disability rights movement.


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5:00 - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks


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The evening's Award Celebration will feature a lively conversation about the past, present, and future of the disability rights movement between this year’s honoree, Judith Gran, and fellow esteemed disability rights advocate Judy Heumann, moderated by Lydia X. Z. Brown.

Judith Gran has served as one of the foremost attorneys leading impact litigation to end segregation in schools and institutions across Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, California, Illinois and Tennessee. Her leadership has focused on supporting people with disabilities to achieve full integration and live self-determined lives.

Judy Heumann brings decades of experience as one of the U.S.’s foremost disability rights leaders. She was a formative leader in the disability rights movement, a co-founder of the World Institute on Disability, served as special advisor for international disability rights under the Obama Administration, and is now an accomplished author.

Lydia X. Z. Brown, an emerging young advocate and attorney who speaks and writes sharply on disability, race, and gender, represents the next generation of disability advocacy and leadership.

Together, these three thought leaders will discuss the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as we celebrate its 30th anniversary, and what past and future generations of disability rights advocates have to learn from each other.

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Ticket Pricing

Below are the rates for our virtual Legal Symposium and Celebration:

Professional with CLEs $275
Professional $75
Self-Advocate/Family/Student/Retired $20

Continuing Legal Education, or CLE, is a system of ongoing professional education for attorneys that takes place after their admission to the bar.


Sponsorship & Advertisement Opportunities

As a sponsor of TASH’s Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium & Award Dinner, your organization will be given a platform to share its story and build brand awareness. Attendees include thought leaders, professionals, policymakers, self-advocates and more! Your investment helps further TASH’s impact on the lives of people with disabilities and helps ensure that they’ll live a life of full inclusion. View our sponsorship and advertisement prospectus.

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