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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 4, 2004

Sandler, Law Clinic Honored For Disability Access Projects

The University of Iowa law clinic and clinical law professor Leonard Sandler recently received two honors for their work in helping persons with disabilities overcome barriers to transportation and employment.

The clinic received the Distinguished Agency Award from Citizens for People with Disabilities in Cedar Rapids, and Sandler received the Commissioner's Award from the Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities.

In Cedar Rapids, student legal interns practicing law under Sandler's supervision have worked with the Peer Action Disability Support (PADS), a grassroots advocacy and education organization, to improve access to paratransit and public transportation for persons with disabilities in Linn County.

Sandler was also honored by the Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities  for exemplary service in the area of employment. Some of his activities include designing and negotiating workplace accommodations for disabled workers, particularly in the use of assistive technology; facilitating workshops and presentations on improving workplace accessibility; conducting accessibility audits for businesses; and collaborating with a host of public and private sector employers, organizations and agencies.

Sandler is clinical law professor and co-director of the Iowa Law, Health Policy and Disability Center. He represents individuals and organizations, provides advice to lawmakers, companies and community organizations, and lectures extensively on disability issues. He has directed clinical law and systems reform projects, including the AIDS Representation Project, the Iowa Assistive Device Lemon Law Project, and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities County Management Plan Project.

The College of Law's legal clinic operates like a law firm within the law school offering students the opportunity to put their legal skills to use in a variety of practice areas. Faculty members supervise about 35 students each semester in the management of various cases and projects in such practice areas as assistive technology, non-profits, consumer rights, criminal defense, disability rights, immigration and workers' rights.

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