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Carlson Speaks to WDET About History of ADA

WDET Radio program, "Detroit Today" with Stephen Henderson, talked to Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers attorney Kevin Carlson about the 25th anniversary of the signing of theAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The main points of their discussion included:

  • What was it?: Henderson calls the ADA the first comprehensive legislature that guaranteed the rights of people with disabilities. Carlson says the ADA's overall message was one of lawful inclusion, bringing people into society instead of blocking them out of it.
  • Why was it important?: Carlson says the ADA ended the legacy of dependence associated with people with disabilities. He says that where before they often spent most of their lives in the home, excluded from society, the ADA showed that people with disabilities have the same productivity and ability to contribute as much as everyone else.
  • Lasting effects: Carlson says one of the biggest successes of the ADA is that many of the public accommodations subsequently required have now become part of everyday life where we often take them for granted. He gives sidewalk ramps and countdown timers for pedestrian traffic signals as examples of the ways the ADA has woven itself into the fabric of American society.

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NewsChannel 3 Discusses UIA Fraud with Lord

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Pitt Awarded Distinguished Service Award by State Bar

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The Bridge Looks at UIA Fraud and Cites Lord

From the Bridge - the Center for Michigan February 7, 2917 A few days after a federal judge issued a Jan. 11 order commanding the state to “suspend all collection activity” against thousands of Michigan workers tagged with unemployment fraud,...

Detroit News Covers Pitt Led Flint Suit Against EPA

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the “mishandling” of the city’s water crisis in a legal action seeking more than $722.4 million in damages. The...

Crain's Interviews Lord in UIA Review Story

From Crain's Detroit Weekly January 6, 2017 LANSING — The state's embattled unemployment agency said Friday it will review all computer-identified claims of benefits fraud — more than 30,000 — that until now have not been re-examined after...

Jennifer Lord Speaks to WNYC About What's Next for UIA

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Jennifer Lord spoke to John Hockenberry at WNYC in NY. A summary is below. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency reviewed over 20,000 instances where the state accused citizens of fraudulently seeking...

ABA: Who's To Blame for Poisoning of Flint Water?

For LeeAnne Walters, the first sign of trouble came in the summer of 2014, when her 4-year-old son Gavin developed rashes after coming into contact with the water. In July, Gavin and his twin, Garrett, both suffered scaly patches of skin that...

Pitt Takes on Whistleblower Case for Judicial Watchdog

From Courthouse News DETROIT (CN) – The former head of Michigan’s judicial disciplinary board claims he was fired for recommending a formal complaint be filed against a child-jailing judge (Lisa Gorcyca), disagreeing with the view that she is...