The Florida Bar

Free CLE: American With Disabilities Act (ADA)

October 13, 2021

What Senior Lawyers, Other Lawyers, and Law Firms Should Know About the Protections and Obligations of This Law

The Senior Lawyers Committee will meet virtually in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s Fall Meeting via Zoom Meetings. During that time, the committee will conduct a brief business meeting followed by a free CLE, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – What Senior Lawyers, Other Lawyers, and Law Firms Should Know About the Protections and Obligations of This Law. The business meeting takes place Friday, October 15, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the free CLE beginning at 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The CLE is accredited for 2 general CLE credits and 2 Bias Elimination specialty credits.

This program will address the obligations of law firms toward disabled lawyers and staff and protections/accommodations for lawyers pursuant to the ADA. Our panelists will discuss what is a disability under the law, and whether one qualifies as a person with a disability (such as long haul COVID-19, diminished hearing capacities, poor vision).

Also discussed will be the type of accommodations a law firm needs to provide to individuals with disabilities; whether remote work may be required as a reasonable accommodation; the types of accommodations available for staff and lawyers in a law firm with disabilities; and whether websites must be accessible, and what can be done to make websites accessible.


Matthew W. Dietz is a founding member and current litigation director of Disability Independence Group. He has been practicing in the arena of civil rights litigation since 1996 and has handled hundreds of cases and dozens of appeals regarding the ADA, the Fair Housing Act, and other civil rights laws regarding the rights of persons with disabilities, and other characteristics protected by the law. Dietz has been a very active writer, advocate, and speaker on disability rights issues. He is active in sections and committees in The Florida Bar, and is immediate past chair of the Animal Law Section, past chair of the Equal Opportunities in the Law section, and past chair of the Public Interest Law section of The Florida Bar.

Cynthia N. Sass has been specializing in employment law for over 30 years, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The Sass Law Firm is based in Tampa and employs five attorneys who exclusively practice labor and employment law, representing employees from both the private and public sectors. Nationally, her practice is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Law Firm in Employment Law for Individuals. Cynthia is on the Florida Super Lawyers list as well as Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers. Most recently, she became the editor-in-chief of Employment at Will, A State-by-State Survey, a nationwide treatise published by the ABA and Bloomberg.

Registration for both the business meeting and CLE is required. A confirmation email will be sent to all registrants directly from Zoom with instructions on how to join the meeting after you have completed the registration process. If you are unable to attend the live program, a recording of the CLE will be posted on the Senior Lawyers Committee’s webpage 2-3 weeks following the live event.