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Autism & Neurodiversity in Law Practice


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 65 minutes
Recorded Date: April 18, 2022
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Agenda

• What is Neurodiversity?
• Stigma & Microaggressions
• Where Neurodiversity Meets Law Practice
        - Neurodiversity in the Legal Profession
        - Neurodiversity and Law Practice
        - Benefits of Neurodiversity at Work
• Shift towards Access to Justice
        - Neurdiverse Cultural Competence
        - Protecting Neurodivergence
        - The Americans with Disabilities Act
• Ethical Considrations for Attorneys
• Being Inclusive of Neurodiversity

Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded; April 18, 2022

For NY - Difficulty Level: For experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

Description

No two legal minds are the same – and that’s a good thing! An estimated 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent, including those with autism, ADHD, mental health disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities or acquired brain differences. Given this prevalence, why are conversations around neurodiversity nonetheless so difficult, especially in the practice of law? In this CLE, Haley will unpack the nuances of navigating disclosure, advocating for ourselves and others, and building accessibility into our understanding of “inclusion.” Come prepared for lightbulb moments, and leave feeling more empowered to tackle stigma.

This program was recorded on April 18th, 2022.

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American Bar Association
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Panelists

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Haley Moss

Lawyers, Writer & Consultant

Haley Moss made international headlines for becoming as the first documented openly autistic attorney admitted to The Florida Bar. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018 and graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Criminology. Haley is a speaker, educator, scholar, and consultant on neurodiversity at work, the Americans with Disabilities Act, autism and disability-adjacent topics.

Haley is the author of Great Minds Think Differently: Neurodiversity for Lawyers, to be released soon by the American Bar Association, and is also working on her next book to help young autistic adults with their transition to adulthood. She is also the author of Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About and A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About. Haley’s work on neurodiversity, autism and disability has also been published in The Washington Post, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Fast Company, and others.

She was appointed to the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, the Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board, the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Diversity & Inclusion. Haley also serves on the constituency board for the University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities and the Board of Directors for Different Brains.

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Anne-Marie Rabago

Director
Modern Juris

Anne-Marie R?bago is Director of the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator (TOJI) at the State Bar of Texas. She led the April 2017 launch of TOJI and quickly scaled the program to become the largest legal incubator in Texas (and possibly the world). In 2019, she guided TOJI’s statewide expansion and transition to virtual delivery. In less than three years, TOJI served 69 Texas lawyers to help start and build 72 solo, small, and nonprofit firms spanning 35 areas of law serving low- and modest-income Texans.

Prior to her work with TOJI, Anne-Marie served as Director of the Access to Law Initiative, a legal incubator at California Western School of Law (CWSL). In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor of Federal Income Tax at CWSL and a Faculty member for Solo Practice University where she teaches solo and small firm attorneys about tax requirements for their legal businesses.

In 2009, Anne-Marie started R?bago Business & Tax Law, APC, and over the following seven years, she advised hundreds of small business owners on tax and legal compliance matters. Before stepping into the legal industry, she held various professional roles including fundraising for two regional theatre companies, sales management for an international retail chain, recruiting and corporate training for a Fortune 100 financial services company, and international tax consulting for a big-4 public accounting firm. These experiences informed Anne-Marie’s business and tax savvy and made her an invaluable team member to her business clients. For this work, she was named a San Diego Super Lawyers? Rising Star in 2016 and 2017.

Anne-Marie is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Member of the American Bar Association. She has been active in the Section of Taxation as Vice Chair of the Tax Practice Management Committee and Chair of the Young Lawyers Forum, receiving the Section’s prestigious John S. Nolan Fellowship Award in 2014. Currently, Anne-Marie serves on the Membership Board for the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.

After completing her JD at CWSL, she received an LLM in Taxation from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Anne-Marie is licensed to practice law in California and Texas. In her spare time, she is an avid craft beer enthusiast who enjoys world travel adventures with her husband.


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