New Developments in Disability Law

Medicaid Work Requirements Being Challenged

Today we’ve got a couple of links for you on this emerging topic. First, an article on a lawsuit filed challenging new legislation that would impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries:

Lawsuit seeks to stop Medicaid work requirements

Also, for those interested in reading the complaint in this lawsuit itself, we’ve also got that link for you:

Southern Poverty Law Center complaint

(thanks to Terisa Page Gault and Marcia Ohlemiller for the info in this post)

Digital Accessibility

As we all know, Access to Justice (ATJ) is a big area of focus for the OSB, and particularly for us in the the Disability Section. Restricted access to digital and online resources can be an ATJ problem for our clients, of course, but it can also be a problem for the members of the bar.

The link below is to an excellent interview article discussing this issue with a young lawyer who is himself blind, and dealing with these issues firsthand.

(hat tip to Executive Committee member Bill Spiry for pointing us all in the direction of this article!)

Volunteer Opportunity!

If you’ve been looking for a way to help the next generation of lawyers hone their legal skills, consider volunteering with the upcoming National Appellate Advocacy Competition, taking place in Portland February 15-17, 2018! This year’s competition focuses on a disability  law topic- particularity how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to law enforcement. Any attorneys can volunteer (no appellate experience required) and you can sign up to judge one or more rounds. CLE credit is available for judging.

Follow the below link to get more information about the competition, and to sign up to judge a round.

Executive Committee’s Annual Report

Each year the Bar asks our section to provide an annual report regarding our sections activities.  Below, are highlights from this the 2017 annual report:

Activities and accomplishments:  This year, the Disability Law Section focused on gathering information from our section members in order to determine what services our membership would like the section to focus on.  The section partnered with the Bar to produce and conduct a survey of the section membership regarding desired services and priorities for the section’s future.  From this survey the section determined that its membership is most interested in the section working to provide information to its members through continuing legal education and the section’s website.  To that end the section implemented a new plan to further develop the section’s website and to post material for section members on the site regularly.  Additionally, the section began the planning process for a CLE which will be held at the beginning of 2018.  Throughout 2017 the section continued to advertise and seek applicants for it’s scholarship program, recruited new members to the executive committee and section, and co-sponsored events (like BOWLIO), which align with our section’s mission.

Budget:  The section’s budget is healthy and we are operating with a surplus.

Matters pending:  Planning the section’s CLE for early 2018 is the largest matter continuing to occupy the section’s executive committee.

Recommendations for 2018:  2018 will be a great year to focus on the priorities the section identified in 2017.  These priorities include putting on a half-day CLE with web-casting services and increasing the quality and quantity of informational content posted to the section website.