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Mayerson to Deliver 24th annual I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy, Feb. 26

January 28, 2008

MayersonDETROIT (Jan. 29, 2008) –Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce that Arlene Mayerson, Directing Attorney of the Disability Rights and Education Fund (DREDF), will deliver the 24th annual I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008.

Mayerson’s lecture, “Caste to Class: Busting Barriers Along the Road to Citizenship,” will begin at 4 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the Wayne State University Law School located at 471 W. Palmer St. in Detroit. The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Mayerson is one of the nation’s leading experts in disability rights law and has been a key advisor to both Congress and the disability community on the major disability rights legislation for the past three decades, including the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

She has testified as an expert witness before several committees of Congress, and represents people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities in cutting edge class actions in education and access to public services.  She has represented parties and amici curiae, including disability organizations and members of Congress, on key disability rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 1995, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education appointed Arlene Mayerson to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority, and she served for three two-year terms until 2001. 

In addition to her position at DREDF, Mayerson holds a faculty appointment in disability law at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law). She has published many articles on disability rights and is the author of a comprehensive three-volume treatise, The ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act Annotated—Legislative History, Regulations & Commentary (Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1994), which sets forth the legislative history and regulations for each provision of the ADA. 

Mayerson serves on the Board of Directors of The Impact Fund and won the Spirit of Independence Leading Advocate Award from the Center for Independent Living in 1993 and the American Diabetes Association Public Policy Award in 1997.  She earned a B.S. degree from Boston University, a J.D., Order of the Coif, from Boalt Hall, and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in structure #1 across from the Law School, on Palmer Street (corner of Cass) for $3.50. For further information, please contact the Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933.

The I. Goodman Cohen Lecture in Trial Advocacy was established through the generosity of the family of the late I. Goodman Cohen, a prominent trial attorney who was active in the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. Each year, a leading jurist is invited to the Law School to deliver a public lecture on an aspect of trial advocacy. In addition, the speaker is invited to informal meetings with students and faculty. The Lecture is intended to supplement the Law School’s training program in trial skills and to add to the variety of professional perspectives students receive during their time at the Law School.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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