Disability Law

To educate attorneys, judges, and members of the public about the law as it relates to persons with disabilities;

To promote fair and equal treatment of persons with disabilities; monitor and propose legislation; and provide a forum for education and advocacy as it relates to persons with disabilities; and

To further the professional development and inclusion of attorneys and law students with disabilities, as well as practitioners who serve clients with disabilities, by creating programming and other resources to support their professional needs.

Latasha Barnes giving Roza Gossage her plaque for her work as chair of Disability Law.
Latasha Barnes giving Roza Gossage a plaque for her work as chair of Disability Law.


Committee Roster

  • Barry G. Lowy, Springfield, Chair
  • Barbara Goeben, Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Alton, Vice-Chair/CLE Coordinator
  • Patti S. Gregory, National Federation of the Blind, Chicago, Secretary
  • Jennifer M. Danish, Bryant Legal Group PC, Chicago, Ex-Officio
  • Mark A. Carter, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Chicago, Member
  • Emma Dorantes, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Champaign, Member/CLE Coordinator
  • Jennifer L. Hansen, Hansen & Cleary LLC, Northbrook, Member
  • Ross K. Holberg, Cook County Public Defender's Office, Chicago, Member
  • Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, Chicago, Member
  • Tyler Johannes, Falkenberg Ives LLP, Chicago, Member
  • Brandy L. Johnson, Early & Miranda, P.C., Carbondale, Member
  • Deborah A. Lang, City of Aurora, Aurora, Member
  • Lawrence A. Manson, Law Office of Lawrence A Manson, Evanston, Member
  • Philip C. Milsk, Law Office of Phil Milsk, New Lenox, Member
  • Tom Andrew Reuland, Chicago, Member
  • Tony E. Rothert, ACLU of Missouri Foundation, Edwardsville, Member
  • Mark J. Watychowicz, Law Office of Mark J Watychowicz PC, Mt Prospect, Member
  • Diana Christine Taylor, S.T. Legal Group, Deerfield, Board Liaison
  • Melissa L. Burkholder, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Staff Liaison
  • Lisa M. Nyuli, Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel PC, South Elgin, CLE Committee Liaison