Professor Peter Blanck to Revisit "Guckenberger" During BU Law Talk
Burton Blatt Institute Director Peter Blanck will present "Revisiting Guckenberger: Past, Present, and Future of the ADA" as a guest of Boston University School of Law on Feb. 14, 2020.
In celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Blanck will discuss the ADA's development, the law's present challenges and successes, and where there is still room to grow in the realm of higher education and the legal profession.
To frame his discussion, Blanck will recall his role as ADA expert in a class action against Boston University in which students alleged disability discrimination in violation of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Guckenberger v. Boston University (1997) is credited with bringing the "interactive process" over to higher education accommodation procedure. The lead plaintiff—Elizabeth Guckenberger, a law student with dyslexia—was subject to unreasonable documentation requests during her accommodations process.
More recently, Blanck served as the ADA expert in litigation against the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The litigation resulted in sanction against LSAC for violating a consent decree that prevented the council from "flagging" accommodated test scores and mandating specific protocols for handling accommodation requests.