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. Three-part recording of the MNLEND Forum held Nov 2016.

LEND Director: Amy Hewitt

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.

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