National Expert on Disability Rights Law

"An Eyewitness Report: Disability Then and Now" Arlene Mayerson

October 12, 2011
Student Union Apollo Room 

Presented in partnership with the 
OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES

Arlene B. Mayerson, J.D., LL.M., one of the nation's leading experts in disability rights law, has been a key advisor to both Congress and the disability community on the major disability rights legislation for the past two decades, including the Handicapped Children's Protection Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the request of members of Congress, Mayerson supplied expert testimony before several committees of Congress when they were debating the ADA. She filed comments on the ADA regulations for more than 500 disability rights organizations. She has also advised on other legislation ensuring the special education rights of students with disabilities. Mayerson has devoted her career exclusively to disability rights practice, representing clients in a wide array of issues. She has provided representation, consultation to counsel, and coordination of amicus briefs on pivotal disability rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority, responsible for reviewing the department's civil rights decisions.

Mayerson has been the directing attorney of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund since 1981. She is also a lecturer in disability law at the University of California, Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, from which she earned her J.D. Mayerson 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.