DLPP Sponsored Events

Sponsored speakers from diverse backgrounds allow student the opportunity to interact attorneys, advocates, and academics who approach disability from various perspectives.

Past Speakers and Conferences

Viewing and Discussion of Speechless, a T.V. show on ABC featuring the life of a family with a child with Cerebral Palsy

September, 2016

Viewing and Discussion of Speechless, a T.V. show on ABC featuring the life of a family with a child with Cerebral Palsy

(Pictured left to right: Alyssa Galea (Syracuse Law and SOE ’17)
and Professor Michael Gill from Syracuse School of Education)


Professor Sagit Mor From Misfortune to Injustice: Disability, Torts, and Inequality

April, 2016

Professor Sagit Mor From Misfortune to Injustice: Disability, Torts, and Inequality

(Pictured: Sagit Mor )



Sue Swenson Making Progress Toward Inclusion in Education

April, 2016

Sue Swenson Making Progress Toward Inclusion in Education

(Pictured: Sue Swenson )




The Politics of Disability Identity, at ADA+25

April, 2016

Professor Samuel Bagenstos The Politics of Disability Identity, at ADA+25

(Pictured: Sam Bagenstos )




Jacobus tenBroeck Disability Law Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland

March31st - April1st

Jacobus tenBroeck Disability Law Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland

(Pictured from left to right: Connor Hopkins (Syracuse Law ’18), Megan Brooks (Syracuse Law and SOE ’18), Kate Pollack, Catherine Ostrowski Martin (Syracuse Law and SOE ’17), Catherine Wisner (Syracuse Law and SOE ’16), Michael Roberts (Syracuse Law ’16), Pamela Castro (LL.M ’16), Daniel Van Sant (Syracuse Law and SOE ’16). )

Professor Michael Waterstone Olmstead Exceptionalism

March 2016

Professor Michael Waterstone Olmstead Exceptionalism

(Pictured: Michael Waterstone speaking at a podium. )




The Disability Law Society hosted a panel discussion about bar accommodations and establishing a record of accommodations and disability while in school

March 2016

The Disability Law Society hosted a panel discussion about bar accommodations and establishing a record of accommodations and disability while in school

(Pictured: Daniel Van Sant (Syracuse Law and SOE ’16) speaking at a podium )



Eric Rosenthal A Call for the End of Institutionalization and Trafficking of Children under International Human Rights Law

February 2016

Eric Rosenthal A Call for the End of Institutionalization and Trafficking of Children under International Human Rights Law

(Pictured: Eric Rosenthal) speaking at a podium )




Pictured: Arlene Kanter at the White House sponsored an event, titled, Strikingly Beautiful: A Celebration of Women and Girls with Disabilities

January, 2016

The White House sponsored an event, titled, Strikingly Beautiful: A Celebration of Women and Girls with Disabilities. This event brought together women activists, scholars and policy makers to raise awareness about the many abilities and beauty of women with disabilities. Professor Kanter was invited to join a panel at this event on violence against women with disabilities. She discussed her involvement in a project with Handicap International to support the development of grass roots programs around the world that are successfully
working to eliminate violence against girls and women with disabilities.

(Pictured: Arlene Kanter at the White House sponsored an event, titled,
Strikingly Beautiful: A Celebration of Women and Girls with Disabilities)


Pictured: Arlene Kanter, Plenary speaker at Annual Meeting of the National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy

August, 2015

Arlene Kanter, Plenary speaker at Annual Meeting of the National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) on August 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. She presented an analysis of this past year's developments in disability rights law in the courts and Congress.

(Pictured: Arlene Kanter, Plenary speaker at Annual Meeting of the National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy)


Pictured: Professor Kanter addressing the United Nations on World Autism Day
Pictured: Professor Kanter addressing the
United Nations on World Autism Day

April, 2015

Professor Arlene Kanter addressed the United Nations on World Autism Awareness Day about “The Right to Work for People with Disabilities” as an invited speaker on a panel with Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN.

The official video for the event can be viewed at: http://www.unmultimedia.org/avlibrary/asset/1328/1328004



Pictured from Left to Right: Syracuse Students: Milanoi Koiyiet (COL, LLM), Michelle Damiani (SOE, PhD), Kathryn Wisner, COL/SOE) and Daniel Van Sant, COL/SOE

March, 2015

Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland

Pictured from Left to Right: Syracuse Students: Milanoi Koiyiet (COL, LLM), Michelle Damiani (SOE, PhD), Kathryn Wisner, COL/SOE) and Daniel Van Sant, COL/SOE).



Pictured: Kathryn Wisner presenting at Cripping the Comic Con Conference
Pictured: Kathryn Wisner presenting at
Cripping the Comic Con Conference

March, 2015

Kathryn Wisner (Syracuse Law ’16) gave a presentation titled “Patches, Peg legs, and Parrots: An Examination of disability in popular depictions of piracy” at the Cripping the Comic Con Symposium at Syracuse University




Pictured: Milanoi Koiyiet (front row second from the left) and Professor Kanter (front row third from the left) with other students
Pictured: Milanoi Koiyiet (front row second from
the left) and Professor Kanter (front row third
from the left) with other students

March, 2015

Professor Arlene Kanter and Milanoi Koiyiet (Syracuse Law LLM ’16) spoke at the Civil Society Forum of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN. Their presentation was titled: “The Invisibility of Women and Girls with Disabilities in the Country Reports Filed to the Commission the Status of Women”




Pictured: Milanoi Koiyiet (front row second from the left) and Professor Kanter (front row third from the left) with other students

February, 2015

The Disability Law Society hosted a panel titled: “Assuming Competence: A Look at the Legal Profession through the Lens of Varying Abilities.”

(Pictured from Left to Right: Professor Kanter (Moderator), Michael Roberts (Syracuse Law ’16), Julie Morse, Esq, (Syracuse Law and SOE’05), Legal Services of Central New York, and Angela Winfield, Of Counsel, Hiscock & Barclay, LLP presenting)

January, 2015

Professor Arlene Kanter’s new book titled “The Development of Disability Rights Under International Law: From Charity to Human Rights” was published by Routledge in January 2015 The book can be purchased at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415524513/

(Pictured: The front cover of Professor Kanter’s book “The Development of Disability Rights Under International Law: From Charity to Human Rights” published by Routledge)

Pictured: Professor Kanter, seated sixth from the left as Senator Harkin speaks at the podium
Pictured: Professor Kanter, seated sixth
from the left as Senator Harkin speaks
at the podium


January, 2015

Professor Arlene Kanter, chair of the AALS Disability Law Section, spoke on a panel with Senator Harkin and others, commemorating the 25th Anniversary off the ADA.




December, 2014

Professor Arlene Kanter was a guest lecturer at UCLA where she spoke on “The Right to Make Decisions as a Human Right Under the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.”

(Pictured: Professor Kanter presenting at UCLA, with her new book, Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies in Law and Education (edited with Beth Ferri) in foreground)

December, 2014

Professor Arlene Kanter was a guest lecturer at Berkley University Law School where she spoke on “The Right to Equality Under the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the Laws of the United States and Canada”

(Pictured: Professor Kanter and Bobby Borrelle, (Syracuse Law and SOE ’14), 2014-15 Equal Justice Works Fellow at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund)

December, 2014

Professor Kanter spent a week with Ma’an, an organization of Bedouin Women in Israel that works to prevent violence against women with and without disabilities, as part of an international project with Handicap International.

Pictured: Safa Shehada, Director of Ma’an, The Forum of Bedouin Women’s Organizations, standing far left, and Kholood Ershied, director of Ma’an’s Anti-Violence Program, squatting in the foreground. Professor Kanter is seated against
the back wall, together with a man and women with disabilities or parents of children with
disabilities who meet weekly in a local community center.

December, 2014

Professor Kanter visited Stars of Hope, a Palestinian organization for women with disabilities in Ramallah.

(Pictured: Professor Kanter is seated with Ola Abu Al Ghaib, director of Stars of Hope in her office in Ramallah.)



December, 2014

Professor Arlene Kanter gave a lecture at Tel Aviv University on Supported Decision-Making as a Legal Alternative to Guardianship Laws.

(Pictured: Professor Kanter speaking at Tel Aviv University Law School)



November, 2014

Professor Arlene Kanter and Milanoi Koiyiet (Syracuse Law LLM ’15) presented at a conference titled, “On Overcoming Obstacles: Towards The Effective Implementation Of The Rights Of Women With Disabilities In Africa” at the Centre For Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Pictured from Left to Right are: Professor Kanter, William Aseka (Syracuse Law LLM ’14), and Milanoi Koiyiet (Syracuse Law LLM ’15 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa).


October, 2014

Judith E. Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State gave a presentation titled, “Inclusion of People with Disabilities Around the Globe Through Law and Education” at the Syracuse University College of Law. Judith E. Heumann’s visit was co-sponsored by the SU College of Law’s Disability Law and Policy Program, Disability Law Society, LLM Program, Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, School of Education’s Department of Teaching and Leadership Program, Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher
Education, School of Education Dean’s Office, SU Disability Cultural
Center, and SU Abroad.

(Pictured from Left to Right: Brent Elder (Syracuse University School of Education
Ph.D candidate), Judith E. Heumann (Special Advisor for International Disability
Rights, U.S. Department of State) and Professor Kanter).

(Pictured: Professor Kanter and Iñaki Regueiro
De Giacomi (Syracuse Law LLM ’14) at
the conference of the Women Bar
Association Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

October, 2014

Professor Arlene Kanter traveled to Argentina to present three lectures: (1) A lecture at Buenos Aires University Law School, entitled, “The Right to Inclusive Education Under the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities”.(2) A lecture to lawyers and judges of the Women Bar Association of Argentina on “The Right to Sex, Parent or Not to Parent for Women with Disabilities Under International Law;” and (3) A lecture to government lawyers who are guardians and working to change guardianship laws on “The Inherent Conflict between Guardianship and Human Rights.” She also attended the International Law Section’s Meeting of the ABA. Professor Kanter’s visit was supported by the LLM Program of Syracuse Law.

October, 2014

Daniel Van Sant (Syracuse Law ’16), Diego Mariscal, and Vivian Fridas presented their panel titled “International Advocacy, Education, and Outreach: Student Groups in Action” at Syracuse University’s “Disabled and Proud: Dare to Dream” Conference.

(Pictured from Left to Right: Diego Mariscal, Daniel Van Sant (Syracuse Law ’16), Vivian Fridas)

July, 2014

Professor Arlene Kanter spoke on “The Right to Education For All” as the keynote speaker at one of the largest international conferences on inclusive education in the world, sponsored by the International Association of Special Needs Education, held this year in Braga, Portugal.

(Pictured: Professor Kanter speaking at the “Embracing Inclusive Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Needs” conference in Braga, Portugal)