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For Disability Rights NC

Disability Rights NC

Non-Profit/Issue Based

Fall; Spring; Summer

Healthcare; Local Government; Poverty Law/Civil Rights Law

Community Advocacy; Factual Investigation; Interviewing; Legal Research & Analysis; Writing for Litigation

Work Description


Disability Rights North Carolina, a non-profit legal services organization, is North Carolina's federally-mandated “Protection and Advocacy” system for all individuals with disabilities in the state. We work to protect the rights of people with disabilities through individual advocacy and systems change, as part of a national system of federally-mandated independent disability agencies. We litigate primarily under the ADA, the Rehab Act, IDEA and the Medicaid Act.

Current areas of focus include employment discrimination, accessibility to state and local government programs, voting rights, special education rights for students with disabilities, provision of medical services in the most integrated setting, appeals of reductions/denials of Medicaid services, provision of necessary services and protections to children with mental health needs, and monitoring of residential facilities to protect the rights of residents therein.


Student responsibilities include legal research; drafting memoranda, complaints and other pleadings; client interviews; drafting client letters; assistance with all aspects of litigation in administrative, state and federal forums; monitoring institutions for abuse and neglect; assessing polling place accessibility; reviewing legislation and proposed rules; creating educational materials; and other duties as assigned.

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