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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 11, 2003

Sandler To Receive Turner Human Rights Award

Len Sandler, University of Iowa law professor and director of the College of Law's Law Clinic, will be honored by the Iowa City Human Rights Commission with the Isabel Turner Award for his exemplary contributions to human rights in the Iowa City area.

The award was established in 1984 to recognize outstanding contributions to human rights by an individual in a service organization. Through his work as director of the Law Clinic and co-director of the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center, Sandler represents individuals and organizations not only in Johnson County, but throughout Iowa. He also provides advice to lawmakers, companies and community organizations, and lectures extensively on disability and HIV/AIDS issues.

Sandler has directed clinical law and systems reform projects, including the AIDS Representation Project, the Iowa Assistive Device Lemon Law Project and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities County Management Plan Project. Ongoing involvement in other projects focus on assistive device tax credit legislation for small businesses to hire, retain and accommodate workers with disabilities, telecommunications equipment programs for persons with disabilities and housing and facility accessibility and building codes.

Recent projects undertaken by the Law Clinic under Sandler's supervision include a survey of downtown Iowa City ATMs to determine which were accessible by disabled persons, along with advice to the machines' owners on making them more accessible, and assisting the Cedar Rapids Kernels to make the new Veterans Stadium more accessible.

Sandler is a graduate of Northeastern University and earned his law degree from the University of Maryland.

The award will be presented at the Human Rights Commission's 20th annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast on Thursday, September 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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