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Willowbrook State School: How a Lawsuit Closed the Gates to

Willowbrook State School: How a Lawsuit Closed the Gates to a Notorious Institution and Opened the Doors of Opportunity for Thousands
Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Program Fee:
This program is free to New York City Bar members.

CLE Credit:
New York: Pending

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Willowbrook State School was an infamous institution on Staten Island built to care for those with developmental disabilities, once described by Sen. Robert Kennedy as a “snake pit.” Shortly thereafter, a class action lawsuit began, arguing that residents had a constitutional right to treatment and sought injunctive relief. A distinguished panel of attorneys who have been involved with this case will discuss the filing of the complaint, the entry of a Consent Judgment and the continuing nature of the litigation as well as the importance and relevance of Willowbrook today. The site of the former Willowbrook State School is now the campus of the College of Staten Island/CUNY; this program is presented as part of its 2022 “Year of Willowbrook.”

Beth Haroules, Senior Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union
Chris Hansen, Senior National Staff Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
Paul Kietzman, Of Counsel, Barclay Damon LLP
Hon. Robert M. Levy, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York

Sponsored by:
Historical Society of the New York Courts
New York City Bar Association Disability Law Committee, Katherine Carroll, Chair

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