Last Friday, the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities sponsored a Town Hall Discussion on “Advocating for Equality in the Next Generation – Disability Rights” at Vanderbilt Law School. Davis & Hoss Attorney, Stevie Phillips, is the YLD Liaison to the Section of IR&R and has assisted with this series of "Advocating for Equality" minority-rights forums at law schools across the country.
Paula Pearlman, the executive director of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles, was the keynote speaker at Vanderbilt. Her comments and the discussion that followed examined how experiences with discrimination and definitions of equality have changed for the new generation of lawyers, law students, and others who have grown up in a multi-cultural, social media-driven society.
The purpose of the meeting was to encourage dialogue among law students, young lawyers, experienced members of the bar, and others in the community about how the legal profession should work to address issues of inequality, intolerance, and discrimination in the profession and in society.
The next Advocating for Equality town hall discussion will be held at the ABA Mid-Year Meeting in Dallas this Thursday, February 7 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Hilton Anatole.