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Subject: Statement on Tennessee v. Lane; Dean for America Appoints Disability Outreach Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

January 13, 2004

 

Contact: Press Office, 802-651-3257

 

 

Governor Dean's Statement on Tennessee v. Lane

 

 

BURLINGTON--The Supreme Court heard arguments today in Tennessee v. Lane, a challenge to the Americans with Disabilities Act, specifically whether a state may be held liable for damages for discriminating against individuals with disabilities.

 

The case was brought by George Lane and Beverly Jones, wheelchair users who were denied access to courtrooms on the second floors of courthouses that had no elevators, against the State of Tennessee.

 

Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D., issued the following statement in strong support of the civil rights of the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities:

 

"This case raises fundamental issues of fairness and justice," Dean claimed. "How can a person access the justice system if he or she cannot access a courthouse? The Court's ruling in this case will have profound implications for the rights of Americans with disabilities to participate in every aspect of civic life. In too many recent cases, conservative Republican judges have undermined the ADA and other civil rights protections.

 

This case highlights the need for federal judges who understand that civil rights laws such as the ADA must be interpreted broadly to redress historic discrimination. Governor Dean has said he would nominate federal judges who demonstrate a commitment to the constitutional principles of equality and liberty.

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

January 13, 2004

 

Contact: Press Office, 802-651-3257

 

Gore Lieberman 2000 Disability Outreach Director Jim Reed Joins Dean for America

 

BURLINGTON -- Dean for America today announced that Jim Reed, Gore/Lieberman's 2000 National Director for Disability Outreach, has joined Dean for America as the campaign's Disability Outreach Director. Reed will coordinate the campaign's outreach to the disabilities community and advise the campaign on disability and related health care policy.

 

"I am honored to have someone as distinguished as Jim Reed join our campaign," Governor Dean said. "His wisdom and counsel will be a valuable addition as we build a broad coalition of Americans from all backgrounds to take our country back in November."

 

Reed brings extensive legal, legislative and disability community outreach experience, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS medical and civil rights issues, to the campaign. Reed lives with hemophilia, HIV, Hepatitis C and Multiple Sclerosis. He works in a private legal practice in Phoenix, Ariz., where he chairs the Arizona State Bar Committee on Accessibility for the State Bar Task Force on Persons in the Legal Profession with Disabilities.

 

Reed is also Chair of the Disabilities Caucus for the Arizona State Democratic Committee, and a member of the State Party's Executive Committee.

 

He has served on the Northern Arizona Ryan White Planning Council since 1996, where he founded and subsequently chaired the Consumer Committee. Reed also has served as a Board Member of the Arizona Hemophilia Association, and previously chaired the AIDS Litigation Working Group for the National Hemophilia Foundation. In New York City, he served as a consumer advocate with Mount Sinai Hospital and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on clinical protocols regarding hemophilia and AIDS therapies. He has worked on numerous state and federal campaigns, on both disability and non-disability related issues.

 

During the 2000 presidential election, Reed coordinated all aspects of the Gore Lieberman campaign's disabilities outreach and represented it at the landmark November 1, 2000 Disabilities Townhall at the National Press Club. After the election, Reed advised the Florida Democratic Recount Committee on state and federal disability election law, and served as an observation team leader for the Florida recount in Washington County, Florida. During the 2003 California Governor's Recall Election, Reed assisted the California State Democratic Party as the statewide disability rights attorney on Election Day. During 2003, Reed also acted as Disabilities Policy Advisor for the 2004 presidential campaign of Senator Joseph Lieberman.

 

Reed holds a law degree from Columbia University, New York City, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

 

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