Laura Rothstein

Director of Research and Faculty Excellence, Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar

About

Laura Rothstein joined the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville as Professor of Law and Dean in 2000 (serving as dean until 2005).

During her 42 years in legal education, she has written 16 books and dozens of book chapters, articles, and other works on disability discrimination, covering a broad range of issues, with an emphasis on disability discrimination in higher education. In addition to her work in disability law, she has worked to promote racial and gender diversity within legal education and the legal profession.

She has also served in numerous leadership roles within legal education.

Professor Rothstein’s work to promote diversity and raise awareness on issues of disability, gender, and race have been recognized. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She uses her scholarship as an “advocate through education” and hopes to influence policy and practice by increasing awareness and understanding of disability rights issues.

She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Disability Law

Poverty, Health and Law

Property Law

Torts

Recent Books

DISABILITY LAW: CASES & MATERIALS (6th edition) (Carolina Press) (with Ann C. McGinley) Supplement 2018.

Oxford Handbook on Education Law: Students with Disabilities: A Half Century of Progress: Education of Students with Disabilities—Past, Present, Future (December 2018 Oxford Press)

Disability Law: Cases & Materials (6th edition) (Carolina Press 2017) (with Ann C. McGinley).

Special Education Law (5th edition) (Sage Publications 2014) (with Scott F. Johnson) and web-based Instructor Resources (2014).

Disabilities and the Law (Thomson/West Spring 2012; Fall 2012; Spring 2013; Fall 2013; Spring 2014; Spring 2018; Fall 2018) with Julia Irzyk.

Book Chapters

Disability Rights, Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (Sage Publications) (invited entry) (2011)

Articles

Puppies, Ponies, Pigs, and Parrots—Policies, Practices and Procedures in Pads, Professions, Pubs, and Planes—Where We Live, Work, and Play, and How We Get There—Animals in Public Places, Housing, Employment, and Transportation, 24 Animal Law Review 13-38 (2018)

Preserving Access for People with Disabilities, New England Journal of Medicine, 378:22 (page 2065) (May 31, 2018) (peer reviewed journal) Cited.

A Primer on Disability Discrimination in Higher Education, Conference Report (peer reviewed) published by Laws (ISSN 2075-471X) in a Special Issue, Volume 7, Issue 3 entitled "Law and Higher Education" (2018) published by MDPI (31 pages) (peer reviewed publication).

The Use of Genetic Information in Real Property Transactions, 31 Probate & Property (ABA) No. 17 (2017) (with Mark Rothstein)

How Genetics Might Affect Real Property Rights, 41 J. Law, Medicine & Ethics 44 (2016) (with Mark Rothstein)

ADA at 25: Current Issues for Higher Education, 41 Journal of College & University Law 531-590 (2015).

Impaired Physicians and the ADA, Viewpoint, June 9, 2015 JAMA, 2015;313(22); 2219-2220.

Disability Discrimination Statutes or Tort Law: Which Provides the Best Means to Ensure an Accessible Environment? 75 Ohio State Law Journal 1263-1313 (2014).

Forty Years of Disability Policy in Legal Education and the Legal Profession: What Has Changed and What are the New Issues? 22 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law (2014).(symposium issue on disability issues)

Roads and Schools: Parallel Paths in the Government Role to Education for Students with Disabilities, 83 Mississippi Law Journal 777-804 (2014) (symposium issue on education)

New Legal Questions about Disability Demand Colleges' Attention, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6, 2013.

Disability Discrimination Law: The Impact on Legal Education and the Legal Profession, 51 University of Louisville Law Review 429-434 (2013)

Reflections from an Era of Breaking Glass—1984-1998, 80 UMKC Law Review 747-769 (2012) as part of symposium issue written by past chairs of the AALS Section of Women in Legal Education

Shaping the Tributary—Why, What and How of Pipeline Programs to Increase Diversity in the Legal Profession, 40 Journal of Law and Education 551-608 (October 2011)

Disability Policy in Education Settings: The Eisenhower Highway System as a Roadmap, Conference Proceedings, Emerging Scholars Conference, 15th Anniversary of Chapman University, sponsored by Chapman University School of Law and School of Education, September 23, 2011

Telescopes, Microscopes, and Crystal Balls: Disability Discrimination Law and Policy in Higher Education: How Those in Higher Education Can and Should Influence Policy, paper presented at the National Conference on Law and Higher Education, the Center, Stetson University College of Law upon receiving the William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship, February 7, 2011

Higher Education and Students with Disabilities: A Fifty Year Retrospective, (symposium issue on the 50th Anniversary of NACUA), 36 Journal of College & University Law 846 (2010) http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1653466

Website Articles

New Legal Questions about Disability Demand Colleges Attention, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 6, 2013.

Other

Exploring the Rules of Animal Accommodations in Public Spaces, Bench & Bar November/December 2018 (pp. 18-19).

A Major Advocate for People with Disabilities, Courier-Journal, Forum Section, December 9, 2018 (p. 1).

Exploring the Rules of Animal Accommodations in Public Spaces—Guest Blog for Dean Colin Crawford, August 17, 2018.

Commentary, It’s critical to consider special needs with any charter schools, Courier-Journal, 11A (February 11, 2017)

Commentary on The Law Book: 250 Milestones in the History of Law (From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Courts), written by Michael H. Roffer. Brandeis at 100—Influence on the 250 Legal MilestonesSSRN publication (October 9, 2016)

Comment, Louisville Shaped Brandeis’s Legacy.

Louis D. Brandeis at 100: Influence on the 250 Legal Milestones, (guest blog).

The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25, podcast (fall 2015).

UofL Health Sciences Center and the ADA, UofL HSC Newsletter (Summer 2015)

Michael Graves’ legacy teaches important truth about ability, access, Forum Section, Courier-Journal H-1 (July 26, 2015) on the 25th anniversary of the ADA

Diversity and Disability Discrimination: Impact on the Legal Profession, Bar Briefs (February 2015)

Litigation over Dismissal of Faculty with Disabilities, Appendix C of AAUP Report on Accommodating Faculty Members Who Have Disabilities (January 2012) (and consultation on document)

A Fifty Year Retrospective of Women in the Legal Profession: Challenges and Perspectives: Have We Come a Long Way?” Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs 16-17 (July 2011)

Disability Issues in Legal Education

Current Issues for Individuals with Disabilities in Higher Education, Presentation for Regional Colleges on Disability Issues for Higher Education, (with Lisa Goldberg), Indiana University Southeast, September 2018.

Keynote Speaker, The Americans with Disabilities Act and Community Colleges: Current Disability Discrimination Issues for Faculty Members, Finger Lakes Community College, SUNY System. August 27, 2018.

Full Day Workshop on Disability Issues in Higher Education, Stetson University Conference on Higher Education Law and Policy, February 13, 2018.

Could the ADA Pass Today—Impact on Health Issues, AALS San Diego, January 3, 2018.

Pinkstaff Lecture to University of Louisville Pediatric Grand Rounds, March 3, 2017 (special education and impact on work of pediatricians).

Students Mental Health in Higher Education: Legal and Practical Issues, Webinar for Education Law Association and Association of Student Conduct Administrators, February 2017

Animals on Campus, AALS Conference, San Francisco, January 2017

Students with Mental Health Issues, AALS, January 2017

Where Faculty Mental Health Intersects Academic Responsibilities, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, San Diego, November 4, 2016

Overview of Disability Issues on Campus, Education Law Association, Orlando, November 3, 2016

Changing Standards for Health Care Professional Programs for Individuals with Disabilities: Southeastern Community College Revisited, Second Annual Health Law Lecture, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Las Vegas, Nevada, October 6, 2016

Current Legal Disability Issues on Campus, AHEAD National Conference, Indianapolis, July 15, 2016

Overview of Disability Issues for Community Colleges, Delaware County Community College Conference for Faculty and Staff, May 25, 2016

Puppies, Ponies, Parrots and Pigs: Animals on Campus, Mississippi State University Conference on Higher Education, April 27, 2016

Documentation of Disability, Podcast for Campus Advisory, February 2016

Overview of Disability Issues, Stetson University Conference on Higher Education, February 14, 2016

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action—The Impact of Hopwood, Grutter, and Fisher
Education Law Association Conference, Orlando, November 2, 2016
Mississippi State University Conference on Higher Education Law and Policy, April 28, 2016
Stetson University Conference on Higher Education Policy and Law, February 13, 2016

Arizona State University College of Law, April 3, 2014

University of Southern California College of Law, March 14, 2014

University of Indiana School of Law at Indianapolis, Faculty Colloquium, October 17, 2013

Louisville Bar Association CLE program on The Impaired Lawyer, June 27, 2013

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Faculty Showcase, March 20, 2013

California Western School of Law, February 7, 2013

University of California at Irvine School of Law, February 6, 2013

Southwestern University Law School Faculty Forum, February 5, 2013

Current Issues for Individuals with Disabilities in Higher Education

Overview of Disability Issues, Stetson University Conference on Higher Education, February 15, 2014

Greeks and the ADA, Stetson University Conference on Higher Education, February 15, 2014

An Overview of the History and Current Disability Discrimination Issues for Higher Education: What Must We Do? What Can We Do? What Should We Do?, Southern California Disability Consortium, Occidental College, March 14, 2014

Greeks and the ADA: Fraternities and Sororities and the ADA, National Fraternal Law Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 8, 2013

Section 504 at 40: Current Issues, University of Toledo Administrators, October 24, 2013

Section 504 at 40: Current Issues, AHEAD National Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, July 12, 2013

The ADA and Student Accommodations, University Rights and Responsibilities, Mississippi State University Legal Issues Conference, May 2, 2013

NACUA Regional Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, April 2013

Ken Campbell Memorial Lecture: Disability Policy— Overview of Disability Discrimination Issues for Higher Education, Multiple Perspectives Conference, Ohio State University, April 16, 2013

Section 504 at 40: Current Issues, Stetson University Conference on Higher Education, February 2013

Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, UMKC Law School, September 26, 2012

Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, Drexel Law School, September 20, 2012

Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, University of Cincinnati College of Law, September 5, 2012

Academically Unsuccessful Students with Disabilities: Whose Fault Is It? , NACUA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 29, 2012

Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky Law School, March 23, 2012

Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, March 22, 2012

Current Student and Faculty Disability Issues, Stetson Conference on Higher Education, February 19, 2012

Impaired Faculty Members, Webinar, Stetson Elder Law Institute and Stetson Higher Education Institute, November 17, 2011

Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, University of Kansas School of Law, September 30, 2011

Disability Policy in Education Settings: The Eisenhower High System as a Roadmap, keynote address given at the Chapman University School of Law and School of Education conference on Exploring Difference, Disability and Diversity in Education, Law and Society, September 23, 2011

National Conference on Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities, Panelists on ADA requirements for arts venues, Louisville, Kentucky, August 20, 2011

West Kentucky Community and Technical College Faculty Workshop, August 8, 2011

Kentucky AHEAD Regional Conference, May 19, 2011

Stetson Conference on Higher Education, February 2011

Torts and Disability Law, AALS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January 2011

Disability Issues in Legal Education, Faculty Forum, University of Houston Law Center, October 2010

A Twenty-Year Reflection on the ADA and Higher Education, SEALS Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, July 31, 2010

A Dream Not Yet Fulfilled: 50 Years of Change in Discrimination Law, Disability Issues, NACUA Annual Meeting, Washington DC, June 28, 2010

Law Students with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems: Protecting the Public and the Individual, AALS Annual Meeting, Mental Disability Law Section, New Orleans, January 9, 2010

Other

Licensing and Health Care Professionals, Flexner Lecture, Vanderbilt University College of Medicine, November 30, 2018.

Women in Law: Half a Century of Progress, Diversity Forum, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, February 7, 2018.

Emotional support animals vs. service animals for people with disabilities. Laura Rothstein and Brian Bigelow discuss the difference.

Service to Legal Education

Diversity Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar (2002- present)

(for a complete list, please see curriculum vitae)