Disability Rights Bar Association

DRBA Members Meeting 2016


DRBA Annual Meeting 2016 – Part 1

DRBA Annual Meeting 2016 – Part 2

April 1, 2016 Program Agenda

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12:30-1:40 p.m. – Lunch, to occur in the NFB Dining Room

1:40-1:45 p.m. – Call to Order, Welcome, and Logistics, in NFB Members Hall

  • Scott LaBarre, Chairperson, DRBA Board of Directors,
  • Linda Dardarian, Vice Chairperson, DRBA Board of Directors.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. – Panel 1:  War and Peace – The Saga of Willits v. City of Los Angeles, a Class Action Battled on Four Fronts with Historic Results.

A year ago, DRBA members announced that they had reached a $1.4 billion settlement with the City of Los Angeles to make the city’s sidewalks, curb ramps, cross walks and other walkways accessible to individuals with mobility disabilities. The panel will explain how the case was developed and litigated over several years in state and federal trial and appellate courts, how the City tried to undercut the case repeatedly by settling it with other lawyers for significantly less relief, and how the Plaintiffs secured the settlement despite the City’s efforts to thwart it.


  • Guy B. Wallace, Partner, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP, Emeryville, California;
  • Linda M. Dardarian, Partner, Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho, Oakland, California;
  • Andrew P. Lee, Partner, Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho, Oakland, California;
  • Paula D. Pearlman, Assistant Chief Counsel , Legal Division, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Los Angeles, California.

Willits Materials:

3:00-3:15 p.m. – Break

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Panel 2:  Legal Developments in Digital Accessibility. 

The panel will discuss significant legal decisions, jury verdicts, and settlements from the past year advancing the rights of people with disabilities to participate fully in the digital world, including the rights to work, learn, vote, and obtain health care and financial information.


  • Scott LaBarre, LaBarre Law Offices;
  • Joe Espo, Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP;
  • Tim Fox, Co-founder of CREEC (Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center);
  • Lainey Feingold, Law Office of Lainey Feingold.

Digital Accessibility Materials:

4:30 – 5:00 – Annual Business Meeting

5:30  9:30 p.m. – Reception and Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Little Havana, 1325 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230, (410) 837-9903

For transportation to the event, meet at the NFB’s Wells Street entrance at 5:15 p.m. Alternatively, free parking is available at Little Havana.

Special thanks to our reception sponsors: Brown, Goldstein & Levy; Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho; LaBarre Law Offices, P.C.; and the National Federation of the Blind.