On Jan. 22 and 23, Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Charles Siegal spoke at the Zero Project’s international conference in Vienna, Austria. The “International Conference on Good Policies for Persons with Disabilities” featured an array of esteemed speakers including Lord Colin Law of the House of Lords, the Minister of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour and Consumer Protection and the Chair of the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability.
Mr. Siegal presented on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, he addressed the ADA's limited success in increasing the percentage of people with disabilities who are employed and its greater success in reducing architectural barriers and access to state and local programs. The conference also included several workshops regarding non-discrimination policies and equal access to justice laws in countries across the world.
Zero Project is the Essl Foundation’s project which advocates, with a new and innovative approach, the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. It’s mission is to work towards a world with zero barriers. The conference was co-sponsored by the World Future Counsel and the Bank of Austria.
Mr. Siegal is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger Tolles. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including regulatory matters. Mr. Siegal is also a past-president of the Disabilities Rights Legal Center, which presents an annual award in his honor, and a member of the International Law Association’s Human Rights Committee.