Law 316 - Disability Rights Law

Claudia L. Peña

Claudia L. Peña

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Mills College, 2003
J.D. UCLA, 2008
Course Description:

Disability Rights Law provides an introduction to areas of U.S. domestic law and policy that address the civil rights, needs, and treatment of persons with disabilities. The course covers the Americans with Disabilities Act, some discussion of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Fair Housing Act, and a brief overview of international disability law, specifically the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The course also incorporates critical theory from law and related disciplines addressing the politics, experience, and social conception of disability and the intersection with race and class. Some sub-topics include historical and constitutional foundations, basic premises and content of disability civil rights doctrine, employment, mental illness and efforts to address "disablement" --i.e. the physically and psychologically disabling effects of social inequity.  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Interpret and apply case law, statutes and regulations to determine how a court might resolve a dispute involving disability law.

  2. Provide thoughtful advice to policymakers on the pros and cons of particular legislative proposals in the area of disability law.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Claudia Peña 19F 316 LEC 1 TR 3:20 PM - 4:45 PM 3.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 1
Bagenstos, Samuel. Disability Rights Law: Cases and Materials  2nd ed.  
ISBN: 9781609303532. Foundation Press. REQUIRED $227.00