Vanessa Lucas to Speak at August CLE About Disability Discrimination

Posted by Sean Cecil | Jul 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Firm partner Vanessa Lucas will join two attorneys from Disability Rights NC next month to present on the topic of employment disability discrimination. The presentation, which will also be broadcast on the web, is a North Carolina Advocates for Justice continuing education seminar for lawyers, designed to keep practicing attorneys up to speed with recent developments in the law. It will focus on strategies to oppose defense motions for summary judgment, in the context of the three lawyers' work together in their recent 4th Circuit win in Jacobs v. North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. From the NCAJ website:


In 2008 the Americans with Disabilities Act was amended. It rejected a narrow standard of disability created by the Supreme Court and emphasized Congress' intent that the definition of disability be interpreted broadly, not demanding extensive analysis. Years later in 2014, the Supreme Court, by a per curiam opinion in Tolan v. Cotton, took the opportunity to reiterate the standard for motions for summary judgment and its proper application.

This seminar will be a case study of the 4th Circuit's recent decision in Jacobs v. N.C. Admin. Office of the Courts, which recognized “interacting with others” as a major life activity under the ADA and remanded the case for a trial on the merits. The seminar will focus on counsels' appellate strategy, oral argument in the case, and how this ruling will impact efforts in opposing motions for summary judgment in future cases.

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