Access to Justice: Representing Individuals with Disabilities and the Improving Litigation Experience for Lawyers and Litigants with Disabilities

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


PROGRAM CHAIR Katharine H. Parker Proskauer Rose LLP

Katharine H. Parker
Proskauer Rose LLP






  • Thousands of people use our legal system every day. This program will cover the numerous legal and practical challenges that arise in making our courts accessible to individuals with disabilities, whether they are litigants, lawyers, judges or members of the public. A panel of experts will examine a wide range of issues, including:

    • Physical courthouse modifications;
    • Access for individuals with hearing or visual impairments;
    • Access for individuals with mental health issues; and
    • Perspectives from the bench.

    Live Program
    : $99 Member/$199 Nonmember

    In-House Counsel/Small Law Firm/Government/Non-Profit/Academic: $49 Member/$99 Nonmember


  • Denise Colón-Greenaway
    Special Counsel for Court-Based Interdisciplinary Programs
    New York State Courts Access to Justice Program

    Hon. Rosalyn Richter

    Appellate Division, First Department

    Ronald Younkins
    Executive Director
    NYS Office of Court Administration



  • 6:00-6:05 pm Introduction
    6:05-6:40 pm  

    How NYC Housing Court makes accommodations for the mentally and physically impaired facing eviction proceedings
    Denise Colón-Greenaway

    • Housing Court:  different types of proceedings
    • Accommodations for Housing Court users with disabilities:  Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”) Program
    • Overview of Program:  how it helps the Court and protects the rights of impaired litigants
    • Appointing a GAL:  Process and the roles of the different parties involved
    • Housing GAL:  role and benefit of appointing in the context of a Housing Court proceeding involving an impaired litigant
    6:40-7:15 pm  

    Overview of state courts’ approach to ADA compliance
    Ron Younkins

    • Respective roles of court staff and judges
    • Respective roles of court system and local governments
    • Accommodations available/Procedures
    7:15-7:50 pm

    A View from the Bench
    Justice Richter

    • Judicial perspective on the need to accommodate
    • Cause and peremptory challenges to jurors with disabilities
    • Questions to ask lawyers whose clients or witnesses may need accommodations
    7:50-8:00 pm 

    Questions & Answers



  • NY: 2.0 Professional Practice
    CA: 2.0 General
    NJ: 2.3 General
    PA: 1.5 General



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  • Sponsoring Association Committee:
    Disability Law, Katharine H. Parker, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Laura Stine Poles, Program Attorney, City Bar Center for CLE | (212) 382-6619 |