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Release: Feb. 1, 2002
UI law professors co-author Supreme Court brief for National Council on
University of Iowa College of Law professors Peter Blanck and Leonard Sandler,
along with Diane Kutzko, Mark Zaiger, Douglas Oelschlaeger, and Sarah Gayer
of the Cedar Rapids law firm Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, have filed an amicus,
or "friend of the court" brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the
case Chevron U.S.A. v. Echazabal. The brief was filed on behalf of the National
Council on Disability.
Echazabal is a major case in the Supreme Court's recent line of American
with Disabilities Act cases examining the employment rights of people with
disabilities. The court will decide whether an employer can reject a job applicant
with a disability who is qualified to do the job and not a safety risk to
others in the workplace, but whose health condition may be worsened by the
Oral argument is set for Feb. 27 with a decision by the court expected this
spring. Blanck, director of Iowa's Law, Health Policy & Disability Center,
says the brief reflects the Center's focus on civil rights and disability
employment policy. Iowa law graduate Lisa Clay also participated in the writing
of the brief. The case number is 00-1406.
For a copy of the amicus brief and other information about other center
activities, see http://www.its.uiowa.edu/law.