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The Justice & Diversity Center

Disability Rights

The Bar Association of San Francisco has long been a nationally recognized leader in efforts by the organized bar to achieve equal employment opportunity for minority and LGBT attorneys and those members of the profession with disabilities. BASF aggressively pushes a diversity-related agenda in an effort to help Bay Area legal employers attract and retain a diverse workforce reflective of the makeup of the population which they serve.

BASF held its first conference on hiring and retaining lawyers with disabilities in July of 2007. The conference served as a substantive and practical seminar on hiring and retaining of lawyers with disabilities with a focus on new technology; best practices for policies and accommodations; and interviewing.


In the Fall of 2007, San Francisco Attorney magazine highlighted attorneys with disabilities in an article titled, "Thinking Outside the Box."

Read the article. (444KBpdfPDF)

In the September issue of the BASF Bulletin, the July disability conference was highlighted.

Read the article. (626KBpdfPDF)


Hiring and Retaining Lawyers with Disabilities (July 2007)

The July 2007 half-day conference was recorded and condensed into a 90-minute video. Law firm hiring and human resource departments are encouraged to order copies for their organizations.

Conference topics highlighted in the video include attracting and retaining attorneys with disabilities; a how-to guide for accommodating lawyers with disabilities; personnel policies; reasonable accommodations; ways that medical insurance can help with hiring goals; and advanced technologies that can help lawyers with disabilities.

Breaking Down Barriers: Overcoming Discrimination Against Lawyers with Disabilities (1994)

Breaking Down Barriers is a thirty-minute training video which profiles a number of law students and lawyers with various physical and mental disabilities to help inspire law schools to expand their admission of people with disabilities and legal employers to hire them. The film contains detailed information about the surprisingly inexpensive technology and minor accommodations that enable these lawyers to practice in any legal environment and includes a dramatic sequence highlighting the do's and don'ts of interviewing job candidates with disabilities.


For more information, please contact Diversity Pipeline Program Director Samantha Akwei at

Disability Rights Law Matters

Do you need an attorney referral for a Disability Rights law matter? Please use our Lawyer Referal and Information Service (LRIS) online referral form or call 415-989-1616.

Would you like to serve as a panelist on the LRIS Disability Rights Law Panel? Please visit the "How to Join LRIS" page at