The University of Miami School of Law is proud to join top national law firms and law schools as a supporter of the American Bar Association's Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, promoting "Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession: A Pledge for Change." The one-page Pledge affirms the signatory's commitment to diversity, specifically disability diversity, and recognizes that diversity is in the best interest of the profession, those the profession serves, as well as the organization making the commitment. The Pledge also announces that all signing institutions will encourage others in the legal industry to make this commitment.
The Pledge was created in response to the lack of lawyers with disabilities in the profession, and was the centerpiece of the Second ABA National Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities held in June 2009. Its distribution was approved by the ABA Board of Governors Operations and Communications Committee.
The University of Miami School of Law remains strongly committed to its long-standing policy of providing reasonable accommodations for members of its student body who have disabilities. The Office of Disability Services, faculty and staff work together to provide the accommodations most appropriate for each individual student to ensure that students are given an equal opportunity for learning and pursuing their academic interests.
This past academic year, Miami Law participated in the Workforce Recruitment Program. Coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated students with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Several Miami Law 1L's, 2L's and 3L's participated in WRP, resulting in summer and full-time employment for with agencies such as the SEC and the IRS.