2021 Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Virtual Symposium & Award Celebration


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Virtual Symposium & Award Celebration Details

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
1:00 – 5:00 PM:ET:  Legal Symposium
7:00 – 8:00 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 fifth annual Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Virtual Symposium and Award Celebration, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. 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 Preserving and Restoring Rights, followed by a celebration of Curt Decker for his exceptional leadership in disability law.


About Our Distinguished Honoree – Curt Decker, J.D.

A portrait of Curt Decker. He has a thin high hairline and horn-rimmed glasses. He is wearing a dark striped suite and a colorful tie in pink and purple stripes.Curt Decker has been affiliated with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) since its inception in 1982. As Executive Director of the nation’s largest non-governmental enforcer of disability rights, Curt oversees all activities related to training and technical assistance, membership services, and legislative advocacy. Before founding NDRN with other P&A Directors, Curt served as Director of the Maryland P&A, Disability Rights Maryland. Curt also served as Director of the H.E.L.P. Resource Project for Abused and Neglected Children, and was a VISTA worker prior to working as a senior attorney for Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau.

Curt is a past chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, a coalition of over 100 national disability groups, and serves on the boards of Friends of Research. In his career, Curt also served as a legislative consultant for numerous groups, including the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the National Public Law Training Center, and the Maryland Academy of Physician’s Assistants. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Cornell Law School.

Award Celebration Keynote — Secretary Tom Perez

The Future of Disability Rights: A Conversation with Tom Perez

Tom Perez is the former U.S. Secretary of Labor, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice.

An official U.S. Government portrait of Tom Perez. He is wearing a grey suit and blue striped tie. He has square glasses and a light goatee. The background is a brown gradient with a draped U.S. flag.


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Continuing Legal Education (CLEs)

American University Washington College of Law is pleased to offer Continuing Legal Education credit for the Fifth Annual Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium. The list below contains state-by-state CLE accreditation information. Please note that attorneys may earn CLE credit through reciprocity or self-submission from mandatory CLE states not specifically listed below. If you have any questions about CLE, please contact us at cle@wcl.american.edu.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit:

  • Total 60-minute hours: 3.0
  • Total 50-minute hours: 3.5
MCLE State General CLE Accreditation Status
California 3.0 Pending
Florida 3.5 Approved
Georgia 3.0 Approved
Illinois 3.0 Approved
New Jersey 3.6 Approved
New York 3.5 Approved Jurisdiction
Pennsylvania 3.0 Approved
Tennessee 3.0 Approved
Virginia 3.0 Pending
Washington 3.0 Approved

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Sponsorship & Advertisement Opportunities

As a sponsor of TASH’s Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Virtual Symposium & Award Celebration, 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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