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Disability Rights and Issues

Created in 1992

Purpose

To study the concerns of Texas lawyers with disabilities, as well as clients and members of the public, and make recommendations to the State Bar Board of Directors concerning ways in which the role of people with disabilities in Texas can be enhanced by improvement in programs and initiatives sponsored by the State Bar.

2021-2022 Projects and Objectives

  • To inform current Texas law students on reasonable accommodations in the classroom and on examinations.

  • To facilitate the creation of a coalition of lawyers to assist other lawyers who need reasonable accommodations in the courtroom.

  • To inform lawyers on mental health and self-care.

  • To inform members of the Texas general public on courtroom access.

Chair
Sashikala Nisankarao
Pearland

Staff Contact
Miranda Sewell
Committees Coordinator
(512) 427-1516

2021-2022 Committee Members

Name Company City

Sashikala Nisankarao (CHAIR)

 

Pearland

Daphne Silverman (VICE CHAIR)

 

Austin

Douglas Bryant

Staff Attorney Texas Medical Board

Austin

Heather Carson

Carson Law Firm, PLLC

Houston

Kevin Garrett

Texas Jail Project

Austin

Janine Beth Howard Gorell

 

Lubbock

Robert Goss

Law Office of Robert B. Goss, PC

Houston

Richard Hunt

Hunt Huey PLLC

Dallas

M. Sue Kurita

El Paso

Carey Thompson

The Law Office of Carey Thompson, PC

Fort Worth

Sandra Foreman

 

Cedar Park

Dorene Philpot

Philpot Law Office PLLC

Galveston

Derick Smith

Harris County Public Defender's Office

Katy

Dominique L. Augustus

 

Round Rock

Brandon Francis

Herd Law Firm, PLLC

Houston

Gary Manuele

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Harker Hts

Robin Orlowski

 

Austin

Randi Turner

Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities

Austin

Tobias Cole (Advisory)

The Cole Law Firm

Houston

Sean Pevsner (Advisory)

Whitburn & Pevsner, PLLC

Arlington

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