Georgia State Law has over 15 practiced-based and simulation courses.
Do you want to advocate for others who need assistance? You can help children and adults with disabilities in the Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic.
Students assist clients in special education cases, administrative proceedings and potential federal litigation. This yearlong clinical course is taught in partnership with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Disability Integration Project.
Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W., a case brought by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, is often called the Brown v. Board of Education decision for the community of people with disabilities.
In 1999 the U.S. Supreme Court decided that people with disabilities have the right to live, and receive support and services, in communities rather than in institutions. The ruling requires states to extend services in the most integrated setting appropriate to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
Olmstead is a critical topic in Georgia. After reaching a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in 2010, the state of Georgia is transforming services for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities. In 2016 the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state related to the state’s alternative schools for children with behavior-related disabilities. Learn more about Olmstead Rights.
students are in the clinic.
The classroom meetings will explore legal issues involving Olmstead, improve advocacy/litigation skills and examine issues arising as students advocate for their clients.
The course lasts one academic year (two-semester) clinic worth three credit hours each semester. It is pass/fail. Students must enroll in both the fall and spring semesters. Second- and third-year students may apply.
Students will average 10 hours a week of client representation and advocacy under the supervision of an Atlanta Legal Aid attorney. Office hours will take place at the Decatur office of Atlanta Legal Aid (246 Sycamore Street, Decatur) and offsite. Students are also required to attend a weekly two-hour class at the law school.
Contact the clinic director to apply.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- Advocating with State Agencies
- Impact Litigation
- Working with the Media
- Trial and Negotiation Skills
- School Advocacy
- Civil Commitment
- Medicaid waivers and EPSDT
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
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Atlanta, GA 30303