Biography

Education

Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1990

Long Island University, course work towards Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology

Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. MA, Education of the Deaf 1976

Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. BA, Communication Sciences 1974


Professional Experience

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fordham University School of Law (1998-Present)

Staff Attorney, Hofstra Law School, Disabilities Law Clinic (1992-96)

Lead counsel for the plaintiff in Bartlett v. New York State Board of Law Examiners, a landmark case on the rights of people with disabilities

New York City Bar Association
Disability Law Committee – Chair (Legal Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities) (2000-03)
Transportation Committee – Member (2005 – 2007)

Disability Rights Bar Association – Member (2008 – Present)

Author of law review and professional journal articles; chapters in numerous books, co-editor of special issue of “Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal,” published by the Learning Disabilities Association. Chapter in Representing Individuals with Disabilities, 3rd Edition, published by New York State Bar Association.

Founding Member of the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) www.ahead.org

Special education teacher and college administrator (1975-81)

Sign language interpreter with experience interpreting on Broadway and Off-Broadway (1978-00)

Sought after speaker and regular advisor of faculty and administrators regarding issues pertaining to higher education and disabilities; high-stakes standardized tests; and transitioning students with disabilities from high school to postsecondary education.

NYS Office of Court Administration: ADA Advisory Committee – one of three outside members of internal OCA committee charged with advising the court system on increased access to the courts by persons with disabilities.

National Employment Lawyers Association – New York


Articles About Jo Anne Simon

Learning-Disabled Woman Wins on Bar Exam Timing – New York Law Journal

Bar Exam Suit Tops Career Aiding Disabled – New York Law Journal

“Eliminating a Bar to the Bar,” article, The American Lawyer, New York, NY. ALM Publications, September, 1997.


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