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Transitioning Reasonable Accommodations from Law School to the Workplace [Boston Bar Association]


February 3, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Law students with visible or invisible disabilities, who navigate their law school years successfully through reasonable accommodations, face the new challenge of transitioning and negotiating reasonable accommodations from academia to the workplace.

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Personal testimonies and scholarly research have shown attorneys with disabilities face the challenges throughout their employment of disclosing hidden disabilities, of accessibility to courtrooms, and often a disguised discrimination in hiring, or the resulting avoidance by employers to make reasonable accommodations, tied to concerns over billable hours, competitiveness/productivity and the costs that come with providing a new attorney with the accommodations they request.

The Boston Bar Association has created a program to offer guidance on the critical transition and related issues, which will be discussed by a panel featuring:

  • Geraldine Muir, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Boston University School of Law;
  • Laura Rees Acosta, Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Goodwin Procter LLP;
  • Carol R. Steinberg, Attorney, Disability Activist, and Writer;
  • Professor Michael Stein, Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability; and
  • Stacey Harris, Associate Director of Disability and Access Services at Boston University.

The panel will be moderated by Salomon Chiquiar-Rabinovich, Of Counsel at Moreno Law and Co-Chair of the Attorneys with Disabilities Committee of the Diversity and Inclusion Section at the BBA.

This event is sponsored by the Diversity & Inclusion Section, and co-sponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA).

Monday, February 3 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm (BBA: 16 Beacon Street, Boston)


If you can’t make the event, set a reminder to check back on this post for key takeaways, which we’ll post as soon as possible afterward.

And as always, lawyers and law students in Massachusetts can schedule a Free & Confidential appointment with one of our clinicians or practice advisors. Find more on scheduling here.

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