ABA honors Dietz with award for disability rights work
THE ABA HONORED Matthew W. Dietz, right, of the Disability Independence Group, Inc., in Miami, with its Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights. The ABA Commission on Disability Rights selected Dietz for his leadership and advocacy in both fostering the inclusion of lawyers with disabilities in the legal profession and ensuring that persons with disabilities are not discriminated against on the basis of their disabilities and have full and equal access to all aspects of society, including education, health care, housing, the justice system, and employment. The award was presented at the commission’s Reception for Lawyers with Disabilities during the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. A civil rights litigator with a focus on disability rights since 1998, Dietz has handled hundreds of cases throughout his career. He co-founded Disability Independence Group (DIG) in 2002 to promote recognition and recruitment of persons with disabilities in the legal profession. He advocated for disability to be included in The Florida Bar’s definition of “diversity,” and organized a survey and focus groups of attorneys to increase the Bar’s inclusiveness regarding lawyers with disabilities. Pictured with Dietz is Bar President John Stewart.