Lawsuits filed by the California DFEH and DOJ alleged that the LSAC discriminated against individuals with disabilities who take, or seek to take, the Law School Admission Test ("LSAT"). The claims focused on the process for requesting accommodations, including documentation of a disability. The parties subsequently entered into a consent decree agreement approved by the court. The decree included considerable monetary relief for the alleged class of victims of discrimination. The decree also requires that "LSAC shall implement best practices for reviewing requests for, approving and implementing accommodations as established by a panel of experts. (Ruth Colker, J.D., Heck-Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law and Distinguished University Professor, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University; Charles Golden, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University; Shelby Keiser, M.S., President, Keiser Consulting, LLC; Nancy Mather, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, College of Education, University of Arizona; Nicole Ofiesh, Ph.D., LLC; Sr. Research Associate, Schwab Learning Center, Stanford University).
Relevant OCR Decisions and Lawsuits
One of the best periodicals that will keep you up-to-date on recent OCR decisions or legal cases relating to higher education is "Disability Compliance for Higher Education." It also contains stories and highlights of successful strategies for accommodating students with disabilities. Published monthly by Wiley Periodicals. For updated information on relevant court cases go to: http://scholar.google.com/ and click on case law.