I am an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington College of Law(WCL) since 1998 teaching special education law and externship seminars. I was an Impartial Hearing Officer in the District of Columbia from September 2001 to March 2012 on special education disputes and an Impartial Hearing Officer in Maryland on special education disputes from 1994 to 1996. I was a Clinical Supervisor in the Civil Practice Clinic at WCL from 1999 to 2001. I have been a trainer for Key Bridge Foundation on a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to train professional mediators on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from 1997 to 1999.
I was Legal Director of National Center for Law and Deafness at Gallaudet University from 1975 to 1995 representing deaf and hard- of- hearing persons in the areas of education, employment, access to health care and social services and judicial proceedings. I worked on state and national legislation to provide for communication access for deaf and hard- of-hearing individuals including the ADA and the Television Decoder Circuitry Act. I was involved with several cases that went before the U.S. Supreme Court on disability law including General Electric Co. v. Gilbert; Southeastern Community College v. Davis ; Board of Education of Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley , Irving Independent School District v. Tatro and Consolidated Rail Corporation v. Darrone. I was special master for a federal court to monitor compliance with a consent decree on access to theaters. I was an attorney with field counsel for NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Richmond, Virginia representing clients in civil rights cases.
I received my B.A. from Northwestern University and J.D. from The National Law Center at George Washington University. I am a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.