The Digital Accessibility Legal Summit
Speaker Bios from the March 2019 event
(in alphabetical order)
Giuseppina (Pina) D’Intino is an internationally recognized accessibility speaker, strategist and integration specialist and entrepreneur. For the last 18 years, Ms. D’Intino has helped businesses achieve inclusion through Diversity, Accessibility, and Leadership. As the Global Accessibility Practice Lead at Cognizant and an entrepreneur at heart, she provides strategic direction and oversees the development of an accessibility center of excellence that manages and remediates large volumes of content, trains the team and builds capacity for new business opportunities. Ms. D’Intino was the Founder and co-chair of the Canadian Financial Institute on Assistive Technologies (CFIAT); is a Board Member of the G3 ICT IAAP -International Association of Accessibility Professionals honorary member of Job Opportunity Information Network (JOIN), Honorary Chair of Financial Services for G3ict, and Advisor on a number of provincial regulatory bodies and federally initiated reviews and projects. She is a certified PMI member, and holds a Master’s Degree in Design in Inclusive Design (MDes) from OCADU. Ms. D’Intino also received awards and recognition for her work in women leadership, received a QE2 medal from David C Onley for her work in advancing employment for persons with disabilities.
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Tim Elder is a civil rights litigator. He is the Principal Attorney of the TRE Legal Practice, a civil rights law firm focusing on the rights of the blind and other disabled people to access employment, education, government programs, public accommodations, accessible technology and all other aspects of society. Working with a network of attorneys from across the United States, Tim has helped secure injunctions against testing entities for their failure to accommodate disabled students, negotiated groundbreaking settlements with publicly traded companies, tried employment discrimination cases before juries and argued before federal trial and appellate courts. Representative matters include a class action filed against Marriott International for its failure to make job-related software accessible to blind call center employees; a nation-wide class action filed against Uber for its failure to train and prevent its drivers from discriminating against passengers with service animals; settlements involving screen reader accommodations for college students; negotiations securing Braille instruction for blind K-12 students; and several federal lawsuits and structured negotiations involving inaccessible touchscreen technology, websites or mobile apps of public accommodations. Tim graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school, he externed with the Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Tim regularly presents on the topic of disability law. He has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association and the National Association of Blind Lawyers.
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Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer focusing on digital access, an international speaker, and the author of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Lainey's book is packed with win-win stories of accessibility advocacy with some of the largest organizations in the U.S., all without lawsuits. In 2017 Lainey was named one of the 13 Legal Rebels by the ABA Journal, the national magazine of the American Bar Association. That year she was also named the individual recipient of the John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver award, given annually by the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA. Lainey has twice been recognized with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award (2000 and 2014) for her digital accessibility and Structured Negotiation legal work.
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Dan Goldstein, formerly a founding partner of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP retired from the practice of law at the end of 2017. For over 30 years he represented the National Federation of the Blind and many individual blind clients in disability rights matters, many of which involved equal access to technology, such as voting machines, online absentee ballots, ATMs, websites and educational and workplace software. In 2018, Dan was invited to present the opening keynote speech at the prestigious CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. When it won't interfere with fishing, he continues to work on projects, such as accessibility standards for companies and incorporating accessibility standards into accreditation standards for higher education.
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Kristina Launey is in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Managing Partner of Seyfarth’s Sacramento office. She is an efficient and effective litigator and counselor, specializing in employment and civil rights laws, who provides clients with options and helps them achieve results in light of their business realities. A leader of Seyfarth’s ADA Title III Specialty Team, Kristina regularly advises and defends clients in litigation arising under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related federal and state laws. She has defended disability access lawsuits ranging from the very complex and contentious to those resulting in relatively simple settlements, and is experienced in structured negotiations. Ms. Launey has counseled clients on issues ranging from physical accessibility, to compliance with service animal, reservations, effective communication, ticketing requirements of California law and the ADA 2010 Standards, to cutting-edge digital accessibility issues. She is co-editor of Seyfarth’s www.adatitleiii.com blog, and frequently writes and speaks on accessibility issues.
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Dr. Chris M. Law
Dr. Chris M. Law is the president and owner of Accessibility Track. Chris’s goal is to help lead developments in the field of organization-wide approaches to accessibility. Chris is the manager, lead author and community of practice chair for the National Federation of the Blind’s Accessibility Switchboard information and guidance portal, which aims to provide starting point resources for diverse audiences on how to incorporate accessibility across an organization’s activities. Chris is the convener and chair of the annual ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium, an event bringing peer-reviewed conference presentations to the East Coast.
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Jack McElaney is Microassist’s vice president of sales and marketing responsible for accessibility consulting services. Jack is also the publisher of Accessibility in the News, a weekly curated newsletter that is widely read in the accessibility industry. Jack developed and manages an ongoing partnership with LexisNexis to write monthly accessibility articles for their Mealey's Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. Jack has held several executive management roles at Thomson Reuters and at Sheshunoff Consulting & Solutions where he was the managing director of risk services and was responsible for compliance and audit products and services.
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Karen Peltz Strauss
Karen Peltz Strauss is an attorney who, over the past four decades, has led nationwide efforts to secure disability access to electronic communications and video programming. Among other things, Strauss was lead drafter of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act and other landmark laws requiring closed captioning, video description, access to communications services and devices, telecommunications relay services, hearing aid compatibility, and accessible 911 services. From 2010-2018, Strauss oversaw the implementation of many of these laws as Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to that time, Strauss was legal counsel for Gallaudet University’s National Center for Law and Deafness, the National Association of the Deaf, and consultant for various providers of accessibility services. Strauss frequently has been called upon to testify before Congress as an expert witness on accessibility legislation and to present at national and international conferences. Strauss’s 2006 book – A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans – provides an in-depth look at the first forty years of telecom advocacy by Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Strauss also holds an L.L.M from the Georgetown University Law Center and an honorary doctorate degree from Gallaudet University, the latter for her work to expand communications access. Among Strauss’s many awards are those received from the National Consumers League, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., the National Association of the Deaf, the D.C. Mayor’s Office, and the Alliance for Public Technology.
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Howard A. Rosenblum
Howard A. Rosenblum is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). In this capacity, he oversees the operations of the NAD to carry out its mission of preserving, protecting and promoting the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. He also serves as the Legal Director overseeing the staff lawyers as well as policy advocacy and litigation work within the NAD Law and Advocacy Center. Mr. Rosenblum has twenty-six years of experience as a disability rights attorney including: seven years overseeing and directing the NAD Law and Advocacy Center; nine years as a Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality, a nonprofit organization designated as Illinois’ Protection and Advocacy entity; and ten years before that with a private law firm. His legal practice has been in the areas of disability rights and special education. He is the primary author of the American Bar Association Guidelines on Court Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People and the sixth edition of the NAD Legal Rights: Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. He has provided numerous workshops nationally and internationally on the Americans with Disability Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. He currently serves as the legal advisor to the World Federation of the Deaf. In 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Access Board and was reappointed in 2014. Mr. Rosenblum received his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law (1992), and his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona (1988).
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Jared Smith is the Associate Director of WebAIM. He is a highly demanded presenter and trainer and has provided web accessibility training to thousands of developers throughout the world. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is used to help others create and maintain highly accessible web content.
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