Legal Rights of Persons With Disabilities Committee


All meeting will be held on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.
Upcoming Meetings
  • July 12
  • September 6
  • November 1

Who we are . . .

The Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee is a committee of the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The CommitteeÂ’s members are a diverse group of practitioners specializing in, and committed to representing persons with disabilities. Persons living with disabilities are an integral part of our society and contribute in a myriad of ways to our economy, our education, our government and our lives. The LRPWDC is committed to advocating the rights of disabled individuals under state and federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

What we do . . .

The Committee tries to meet once a month to discuss emerging trends in the law, developments affecting persons with disabilities, possible resolutions for the Board of Governors, as well as practical pointers in navigating these ever changing areas of the law. All members of the Bar Association are encouraged to attend and participate in Committee meetings. The LRPWDC also encourages fellow Bar members to "bring a friend" to meetings to spread the good word.

Recent work includes . . .

  • Authoring a resolution that was passed by the Board of Governors, impacting voter accessibility for persons with disabilities. 
  • Spear-heading the effort to pass a resolution concerning the effects of the Supreme Court's decision in Buckhannon Board and Care Home v. West Virginia Dep't of Health and Human Services, 532 U.S. 598 (2001).

To apply for Committee membership online, click here.


Jamie C. Ray-Leonetti
Client Assistance Program
1515 Market Street
Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 557-7112

Mary K. Vilter
Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts
1515 Market Street
Suite 1414
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 560-6657