American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

Each year, TASH celebrates 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 eighth annual Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium and Award Celebration, Wednesday, September 11th. A half-day legal symposium will explore, Transforming Systems to Recognize the Rights of All, followed by a celebration of Steven J. Schwartz, JD, for his exceptional leadership in disability law.

About Our Distinguished Honoree – Steven J. Schwartz, JD

A portrait of Steven Schwartz. He has a white mustache and ear-length curly white hair brushed back on his right, falling over his forehead on his left. He is wearing a brown blazer with a slight plaid and a brown open-collared shirt.Steven J. Schwartz is currently the Legal Director of the Center for Public representation, after founding the Center in 1976 and then serving as its Executive Director for 38 years. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1971, he represented thousands of people with disabilities over the past fifty years. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, successfully resolved a number of damage cases for institutionalized individuals with disabilities, and litigated dozens of class action cases that challenge the unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities in psychiatric hospitals, developmental disability institutions, nursing facilities, and juvenile justice settings. He has provided training and technical assistance to disability rights programs in more than 40 states, authored a number of law review articles, and served on the faculty of the Harvard and Western New England Law Schools.

Compete details and registration forthcoming

1:00-5:00 PM ET | Legal Symposium
1:00 – 1:15 PM ET Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:15 – 2:15 PM ET Panel Discussion 1: The Future of Deinstitutionalization Litigation
2:15 – 2:30 PM ET Break
2:30 – 3:30 PM ET Panel Discussion 2: Preserving Institutionalization History via Memorials, Museums, and Education
3:30 – 3:45 PM ET Break
3:45 – 4:45 PM ET Panel Discussion 3: Employment Strategies
4:45 – 5:00 PM ET Closing Remarks
5:30-7:30 PM ET | Award Celebration
5:30 – 6:00 PM ET Networking Reception
6:00 – 7:30 PM ET Award Program
Hotel Accommodations

Hotel accommodation is available at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, located at 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Bethesda, MD 20814. The special rate is $199/night plus applicable tax for the night of September 11 (and September 12 if you choose to remain in DC for a second night.) The phone number is (301) 657-6504, or email at You need to make your reservation by Sunday, August 11, 2024 to secure this rate.