Textbook author; retired, OCR, San Francisco, Chief Attorney; AHEAD Board Member; and Adjunct Professor of Disability Law, Hastings College of Law, University of California. For over 40 years, Paul served as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR); 30 years as its Chief Regional Attorney in San Francisco, supervising as many as 25 attorneys. Paul worked in OCR Headquarters at the time of the writing of the first disability anti-discrimination regulations and in San Francisco, witnessing the historic “504 sit-in” at United Nations Plaza Over his career, Paul investigated, wrote decisions, and settled hundreds of disability discrimination cases, in many instances developing new approaches to protecting students with disabilities. Toward the end of his OCR career, Paul focused on three issues: students with AD/HD in elementary and secondary education; students with disabilities in post-secondary education; and, wounded warriors in higher education. On the second topic, Paul joined Sarah Hawthorne in developing and securing two breakthrough precedent-setting settlements concerning the duty to produce alternate media, one with the California Community College System and the other with California State University Fullerton.
Paul will be providing a series of presentations, covering topics including an overview of the civil rights struggle for disability rights, a review of recent Federal Court decisions and OCR/DOJ settlements/guidance related to postsecondary students with disabilities, and guidance on the intersection of student conduct and disability services.