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Dec. 8, 2003

Blanck Heads Authorship Of Authoritative Volume On Disability Law

A new volume with lead authorship by University of Iowa law professor Peter Blanck will be one of the most comprehensive books available on disability civil rights and policy in the United States.

Published by West Publishing this month, "Disability Civil Rights Law & Policy," examines recent changes in disability law in the United States and around the world.

"The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the United States and similar laws in other countries over the past decade have created dramatic legal and policy developments in this field," said Blanck, the Charles M. Kierscht professor of law and director of the Iowa Law, Health Policy and Disability Center. "As a result, there has developed a strong academic and practical interest in the area of disability civil rights law. With that in mind, we wrote this book as a comprehensive examination of the development of disability rights law and policy in the United States and abroad."

The treatise reviews the history of discrimination against persons with disabilities, an examination of the federal laws that led to the passage of the ADA and definitions of disability. It also reviews the effects of the ADA has had on public policy and how it has been implemented, and also reviews several state and international anti-discrimination laws.

This is Blanck's third book on disability law and the ADA. "The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Emerging Workforce" was published in 1998 and "Employment, Disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act" was published in 2000. Blanck co-wrote the newest book with Eve Hill, executive director of the Western Law Center for Disability Rights at Loyola Law School; Charles D. Siegal, a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles, & Olson, LLP; and Michael Waterstone, assistant professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

One of the leading experts on disability law in the United States, Blanck has written more than 100 articles and books on the ADA, received grants to study disability law and policy, represented clients before the United States Supreme Court in ADA cases, and testified before Congress. He is a former member of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and has been a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program where he explored the implementation of the ADA. He recently served as an adviser to the government of Norway as it drafts its own disability anti-discrimination law. For related information on the disability law center, see

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