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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities


Litigation: Advancing the Rights of People with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Legal experts engaged in Minnesota and the nation share their views on how litigation is framing and moving forward the human and civil rights of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.


Thursday, November 17, 2016
12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.


TIES Event Center
Grand Hall
1644 Larpenteur Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55108
Light lunch served 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Event run 1:00-4:45 p.m.
Ice cream reception 4:45-5:15 p.m. Download a flyer for this eventPDF document
Donovan W. Frank

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Donovan W. Frank

In 1998, President William Clinton appointed Donovan W. Frank to be the thirty first federal district judge in the District of Minnesota. Judge Frank is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the American Bar Association’s 2012 Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights, for his efforts that have made Minnesota a better place for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families. Judge Frank is very active in the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and works with the Disability Justice Foundation on the pressing issue of discrimination of students and adults based upon disabilities as well as attempting to increase the legal representation for those individuals with disabilities.

Guest Panelists:

  • Greg Brooker, First Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • David Ferleger, Attorney with Supreme Court and federal court experience
  • Pamela Hoopes, Attorney; Legal Director at Minnesota Disability Law Center
  • Shamus O’Meara, Attorney; Managing Shareholder at O'Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A.
  • Roberta Opheim, State of Minnesota Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
This event is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (MN LEND) Program, with support from a grant from the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, Grant 2 T73MC12835-08-00 and from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration at The College of Education and Human Development. MN LEND is an interdisciplinary leadership training program spanning 16 disciplines across the University of Minnesota. More information about this event and MN LEND can be found at or email Rebecca Dosch Brown, MN LEND Program: