Tuesday, September 10- Olmstead at Twenty

Susan Jamieson, Esq.
Atlanta Legal Aid
Olmstead Attorney
Sue Jamieson

Susan Jamieson received her undergraduate degree in 1968 from Brown University. Following her graduation, she went into the Peace Corps, where she spent two years in Brazil. Upon returning to the United States she entered Rutgers School of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 1974.

Since 1980, she has focused on the rights of a person in institutions. This interest began with her concern that this population was isolated, not only from society in general but from legal advocacy in particular. Regardless of the prior economic history of people in institutions, they are, for the most part, poor and without any independent access to advocates. Because this population is inadequately served by the legal community, fundamental rights to liberty and access to critical public benefits are at stake. Sue’s emphasis is on the basic legal rights of this population under state and federal law and finding ways to expand legal and advocacy resources to protect and enforce their rights.

Since then, the work of the ALAS disability rights project has focused on ways to establish mechanisms at the individual representation level to apply and implement the ADA principle of integration. The project has also worked on applying this principle to people in nursing homes, in jails and psychiatric forensic facilities, on waiting lists and in other publicly-funded disability segregated settings, thus bringing these issues within the parameters of the Olmstead case. In this context, the project also advocates for individuals in nursing homes and state institutions seeking Medicaid-funded community-based services who have been denied access to these services or have applied and been denied.

Sue has been recognized for many successes working for the rights of the disabled, including the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities’ 2006 Heart of Gold Award, the Emory Public Interest Council lifetime achievement award, and others. She has “mostly” retired from legal aid and works on a part-time basis with the Institute for Disability and Developmental Disability at the University of Georgia.

Simeon Goldman, Esq.
Disability Rights New York

Simeon Goldman

Simeon Goldman is Supervising Attorney at Disability Rights New York where he has worked to enforce the employment, housing, community integration and other civil rights of people with disabilities since 1991. Prior to joining DRNY, Mr. Goldman was Director of Advocacy at the Capital District Center for Independence. He has successfully litigated employment and housing discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the NYS Human Rights Law; and has advised elected officials, employers, housing providers, and others on complying with these laws.

Mr. Goldman is an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School, where he teaches a seminar class on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities; and has lectured extensively on the rights of persons with disabilities for the NYS Bar Association, the NYC Bar Association, the NYS Division for Human Rights, Cornell University, the National Lawyers’ Guild, and numerous other organizations. Mr. Goldman is a 1986 graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School and is co-editor of the NYS Bar Association’s three-volume Disability Law and Practice. He is a recipient of the Henry Viscardi Advocacy Award from the NYS Assembly (2013), the Beacon Leadership Award from the Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (2011) and the Ted Weiss Consumer Advocacy Award from the Brain Injury Association of NYS (2000).

Bethany Lilly
The Arc of the United States


Bethany Lilly is the Director of Income Policy at The Arc where she specializes in public policy related to Social Security, income supports, paid leave, and poverty. Ms. Lilly joined The Arc in May 2019 after six years at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, where she worked on public policy impacting people with mental health disabilities, with particular focus on employment, poverty, and health care. She served as a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Health Task Force and represented the Bazelon Center on other national coalitions and on Capitol Hill, promoting and advocating for the needs and rights of people with disabilities. Prior to joining the Bazelon Center, Ms. Lilly was a law clerk with the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions where she focused on disability, health care, and civil rights policy. Ms. Lilly also served as a legal fellow at the Center for Medicare Advocacy and, while completing her J.D. at Duke University School of Law, worked at the AIDS Legal Project, advocating on behalf of people living with HIV in North Carolina and the Southeast.


Wednesday, September 11- Realizing Systems Change through Legal Action

Michelle Caiola, Esq.
Disability Rights Advocates
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Michelle Caiola is Managing Director of Litigation at Disability Rights Advocates. Joining DRA in 2015, Ms. Caiola helped grow DRA’s New York office. In the last several years she has filed and litigated more than a dozen class-wide disability discrimination cases alleging violations of federal and state disability law. These lawsuits include several challenging the MTA’s lack of elevator access in the New York City subway system, the treatment of children with disabilities in New York City’s public schools, and the pervasive inaccessible paths of travel found at the City’s street corners.

Prior to joining DRA, Ms. Caiola acquired extensive federal class litigation experience as a Senior Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) working on disability discrimination in employment as well as ground-breaking pattern or practice cases related to sexual harassment and glass-ceiling pay and promotion discrimination.

Ms. Caiola also served as the Litigation Director at several non-profit organizations: Legal Momentum in New York City, formerly the NOW Legal Defense Fund, and the San Francisco-based Equal Rights Advocates (ERA). In both positions, one particular area of her focus was expanding the intersection of disability and pregnancy discrimination laws to protect women working in low-wage and non-traditional jobs.

Hailing originally from the Midwest, Ms. Caiola earned her J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law, spent a year at Washington University in St. Louis Law School, and graduated cum laude from Kent State University in Ohio.