Matthew W. Dietz has been practicing in the arena of civil rights litigation since 1996 and has handled hundreds of matters involving the civil rights of persons with disabilities including ensuring effective communication, reasonable accommodations and expanding the rights and opportunities of Persons with Disabilities. Professor Dietz has been a very active writer, advocate, and speaker on disability rights issues. In the Disability Inclusion and Advocacy Law Clinic, Professor Dietz assists victims of discrimination in administrative, trial and appellate proceedings.
He is active in sections and committees in the Florida Bar and is past-chair of the Animal Law Section, past chair of the Equal Opportunities in the Law Section, and past-chair of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar. In his work within the Florida Bar and the legal profession in Florida, Professor Dietz has been active in ensuring disability is an essential element of diversity and has drafted and amended rules providing accommodations for Persons with Disabilities and eliminating stigma against law students and members of the Bar with mental illness or histories of drug or alcohol addiction. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award for his work on behalf of persons with disabilities.
Before his position as Clinical Director at Shepard Broad College of Law, he was litigation director at Disability Independence Group. Professor Dietz received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and is admitted to practice in New York, Florida, and Georgia.
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