Supreme Court

AHRC NY presents the Michael Goldfarb Memorial Symposium A Call to Action: The Broader Implications of Recent U.S. Supreme Court Rulings for Disability Rights and Protections.

The day consists of panels moderated by Jasmine E. Harris, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Harris is a law and inequality legal scholar with expertise in disability law, antidiscrimination law, and evidence.

AHRC NY writes that many of the hard-won civil, human, and disability rights that have been the basis of social policy in 20th-century American society and have been taken for granted for decades now, were garnered through the intervention of the judiciary. And it is by judicial intervention that some of these rights, once considered to be “settled law,” are now being rolled back.

Recent decisions “reflect a more hostile interpretation regarding Congressional grants of rights to private parties to hold states accountable to them in health, democratic governance, and public safety. The Court has or will take up key cases about fundamental rights to privacy, due process, and equal protections that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. Future rulings could threaten personal rights in the areas of marriage, freedom from compulsory sterilization, intimacy, medical care, the right to sue for damages, and housing, amongst others. The implications for people with disabilities are significant and require sustained attention.”

The panel will explore these implications and discuss areas of action necessary now to counteract recent rollbacks on disability rights and consider how to approach upcoming cases before the Court and their implications on the ground for people with disabilities.

Michael Goldfarb was AHRC New York City’s executive director from 1975-2011.


When: July 11, 2021

Where: CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 5th Ave., NYC

Time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Register to attend and learn more about the panel and panelists here.

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