September 3, 2007 10:42 Age: 7 yrs

Emory Law Hosts Conference on Lawyers and Disability, September 7-8

Emory Law will host the 2007 Conference on Ethics and Professionalism September 7-8, in Gambrell Hall. This year’s topic, “Lawyers and Disability,” will feature a distinguished panel of scholars, health experts and practicing attorneys.

The two-day conference will consist of five panel discussions:

Panel One: What Is the Problem?
In the first panel, speakers paint a broad picture of the relationship between disability and the legal profession. Speakers include Will Grignon, an associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles, and Wendy F. Hensel, Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State College of Law.

Panel Two: Old Barriers, New Paths
Three lawyers with disabilities talk about their work, and a disability law scholar explains why the profession should care about these experiences. Speakers include Deborah G. Krotenberg 92L, Division Director for Managed Care and Rehabilitation, State Workers Compensation Board of Georgia, and Homer Mullins 72L,  co-founder of The Legal Ear, an organization which consults with law firms regarding ethical and professional responsibilities for their hearing-impaired lawyers.

Panel Three: Disability Inside the Law School
Speakers look at disability as an aspect of life inside a law school that affects students, faculty and employers who visit the campus to recruit. Speakers include Wendy Newby, Associate Dean of Emory College and Director of Faculty Resources for Inclusive Instruction, and E. Ann Puckett, Professor of Law and Director of the law library at the University of Georgia.

Panel Four: Mental Distress and Substance Abuse
"Disability" moves beyond mobility and barriers to encompass the lawyer's mind and spirit. Speakers include Michael L. Perlin, Professor of Law at New York Law School who has published more than fifteen books and 175 scholarly articles on mental disability law, and Kelly Cahill Timmons, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State College of Law.

Panel Five: Roundtable Discussion - Disability in the Medical Profession

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available to conference attendees. For more information about the panels and speakers, or to register for the conference, visit

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