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Disability Inclusion and Advocacy Law (DIAL) Clinic

The Disability Inclusion and Advocacy Law (DIAL) Clinic (formerly known as the Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) law clinic) introduces law students to legal practice advocating for the civil rights of persons with disabilities. The DIAL Clinic’s advocacy focuses on its clients’ well-being, dignity, and psychological health. In the DIAL Clinic, students engage in the full range of lawyering tasks, including conducting intakes, interviewing potential clients, negotiation and dispute resolution, administrative complaints, trials, policy advocacy, and other aspects of the legal profession.  Students learn about procedural, practical and ethical elements that arise from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodations, government services, and probate matters.

Clinic Prerequisites

All required first-year classes and Professional Responsibility

Faculty

Matthew W. Dietz, Clinical Director

Leigh Markowitz, Clinic Staff Attorney

Talhia Rangel, Clinic Staff Attorney

Susan Hofstetter
The School Board of Broward County, FL
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Felicia Jordan
Disability Rights Florida
Hollywood, FL

Michelle Kenney
GAPS Legal, PLLC
Sunrise, FL

Ed O'Sheehan
Shutts & Bowen LLP
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Eloisa Roses Ramos
Guardianship Programs at Barry University
Miami Shores, FL

Audra Simovitch
Law Office of Audra Simovitch, PA
Boca Raton, FL

Tim Arcaro
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law
Davie, FL

The Disability Inclusion and Advocacy Law Clinic provides knowledge and advice to, and serves as advocates for, persons with Disabilities. Each law student who participates in the Clinic is supervised by a licensed attorney and there is no fee for the advice or services that the Clinic provides. To maximize the resources available, we assist clients in one of three ways:

Legal Advice and Problem-Solving Clinic: Students in the clinic will provide information, legal advice, and basic assistance with Disability Law issues to clients without any expectation of long-term representation. This includes assistance with requests for reasonable accommodations in a workplace or housing, requesting interpreting and other auxiliary services, guardianship questions, and other discrete matters.

Administrative Advocacy and Guardianship Alternatives: The Clinic attorneys and students also handle claims and proceedings that, by their nature, can be resolved within a semester or two. There are currently two types of matters that fall into this category. First, are proceedings in front of agencies that investigate claims of discrimination and retaliation—matters in which we will seek to resolve complaints thought negotiation and mediation. Second, are the matters involving advise and assistance to caregivers of Persons with Disabilities who wish to establish alternatives to guardianship for future care and support.

Full Case Representation: For very few cases, the Clinic will accept representation of claims in Federal or State Court to vindicate and expand the rights and opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.

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