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Episode 59 — SCOTUS Update: Perez v. Sturgis Secures a Supreme Court Win for Disability Rights

November 2, 2023
How a Latham pro bono case before the US Supreme Court will reshape disability rights.

On March 21, 2023, the US Supreme Court ruled for Miguel Luna Perez, a Latham pro bono client, in Perez v. Sturgis. Perez, who is deaf, was repeatedly denied reasonable accommodations, including a qualified sign-language interpreter, by Sturgis Public Schools and the Sturgis Public Schools Board of Education. Lower courts had held that Perez could not proceed with an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim seeking monetary damages because he had not exhausted his Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) remedies. A unanimous US Supreme Court held that a plaintiff need not exhaust the IDEA’s administrative processes when seeking remedies under other statutes that the IDEA does not authorize — in this case, monetary damages under the ADA.

In this episode of Connected With Latham, Roman Martinez, a partner in the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice, sits down with associate Nick Rosellini and Disability Rights Michigan’s Mitch Sickon to discuss Perez’s journey to the US Supreme Court, the strategies that shaped Latham’s brief, and the experience of arguing before the highest court in the land.

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