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Julie Morse L'05

Since September 2005, Julie has worked as a Skadden Fellow at Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. in conjunction with Syracuse University's Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies. Pursuant to the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C. by Zimring that unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities is discrimination prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Julie provides representation to people with disabilities to enable them to live and receive services in the community.

"I chose Syracuse University because it is the only university in the country that offers a joint degree in law and disability studies.  My dual degree will allow me to advocate for people with disabilitie, as well as empower people with disabilities to be their own advocates, through legal, political and social means."

Crystal Doody L'05

Crystal is a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of Central New York where she represents people with disabilities on a range of legal issues including special education, discrimination, and access to services.   She is also a founding member of the LGBTQ Law Association of Central New York.

Nathaniel J. Kuzma L'06

Nathaniel is an associate at the Law Offices of Neal H. Rosenberg, located in lower Manhattan, specializing in Special Education Law.  The firm primarily represents parents of students with disabilties who are seeking guidance in their legal pursuits against the New York City Department of Education and surrounding school districts.  Mr. Rosenberg maintains the largest practice of this kind in the New York metropolitan area, and the firm prides itself in its ability to work with both parents and the board to provide better educational opportunities for children.

Jennifer Conrad L'06

Jennifer is the Policy Advisor to the Youth Team for the U.S. Department of Labor.  She works in the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy.  The Youth Team works to ensure that youths with disabilities have access to transition services that prepare them for post-secondary education and employment.

"By optaining my law and masters degree with a disability focus at Syracuse University, I have th background needed to succeed at this job and with my future disability policy career."

Sheila Schwallie L'06

Sheila is am an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department in Rochester, NY.  She reviews both civil and criminal appeals and prepares bench briefs for the panel of Appellate Court Justices to review before oral argument.

"My experience with the joint degree program was excellent. Many of the courses I took within the School of Education discussed the social issues behind the law and this combination of classes was an excellent preparation for real-world practice."

Cynthia Smith L'06

Cynthia is a Research Associate at the Burton Blatt  Institute: Centers of Innovation on Disability (BBI) at Syracuse University. BBI's mission is to advance the civic, economic and social participation of individuals with disabilities and their families through building a international collaborative institute that engages professionals and students in cross-disciplines. At BBI, Cindy works on a number of federally funded research and policy projects in the areas of employment, emergency preparedness and education. Cindy is also a current doctoral student in Special Education at Syracuse University.