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Access Success: Creating Opportunities for Attorneys with Disabilities - March 6
Posted on February 13, 2018

The Young Lawyers Section is pleased to host an "Access Success" event on March 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Microsoft AON Center, 200 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL. Access Success is a live event showcasing attorneys and law students with disabilities and introducing them to law firm and law departments interested in expanding their own networks of able counsel.


You’ll hear first-person accounts of attorneys practicing with disabilities as well as an overview of the ADA “reasonable accommodations” from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives. Access Success will also help organizations comply with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which requires federal contractor employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals with disabilities by offering a chance for them to meet with attorneys and law students with disabilities,

At the networking reception, learn more about the Web event and how law firms and law departments can connect with at least ten attorneys or law students with disabilities during the ensuing two-week Access Success online networking fair.

CLE Topics and Speakers:

Legal Background from the Plaintiff and Defense Perspective:
Heather Adams, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Rachel Weisberg, Equip for Equality

Embracing Accessibility to Increase Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace:
Dennis Garcia, Microsoft Corporate, External & Legal Affairs

Issues Faced by Attorneys with Disabilities and How to Make the Workplace Accessible:
Azeema Akram, Illinois Commerce Commission
Rachel Arfa, Equip for Equality (moderator)
Terrance Barker, Terrance Barker Legal Services
Joyce Otuwa, Equip for Equality
Mary Rosenberg, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
Andrew Webb, Equip For Equality

2 IL PR-MCLE Credit, subject to approval
Free event but registration is required. Please register online or call 312-554-2056.

This program is presented by the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association, National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities, ABA Commission on Disability Rights, ABA Law Practice Division, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Microsoft, and Accenture. Online portion of the event is powered by LexVita.com.