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Case Name Williams v. University of Denver DR-CO-0019
Docket / Court 96-M-3012 ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Case Summary
On December 31, 1996 a law student who used a wheelchair for mobility sued the University of Denver in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Chief Judge Richard P. Matsch. The Plaintiff claimed that numerous architectural and other barriers to accessibility prevented him from full ... read more >
On December 31, 1996 a law student who used a wheelchair for mobility sued the University of Denver in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Chief Judge Richard P. Matsch. The Plaintiff claimed that numerous architectural and other barriers to accessibility prevented him from full participation as a student in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794; and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12181 et seq.

Specifically, Plaintiff claimed that he encountered automatic doors which did not open, elevators that did not work, transportation available to students but without disabled access, and classroom configurations that segregated him in the back of the room. He sought declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief.



On July 21, 1998, the court granted a stipulated motion to dismiss with prejudice, with each party bearing its own costs and attorneys' fees. There is no settlement agreement or other similar document available in this case.

Eric Weiler - 06/18/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to public accommodations - governmental
Barrier Removal
Buildings
Reasonable Modifications
School/University Facilities
Transportation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) University of Denver
Plaintiff Description Disabled law student who encountered barriers to accessibility at law school.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1998
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:96-cv-03012-RPM (D. Colo.) 07/21/1998
DR-CO-0019-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiff's Brief In Opposition To Defendant's Motions To Dimiss, For Summary Judgment, Or To Strike Impertinent Allegations From The Amended Complaint 03/06/1997
DR-CO-0019-0002 PDF | Detail
Second Amended Complaint 10/16/1997
DR-CO-0019-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Matsch, Richard Paul (D. Colo.)
DR-CO-0019-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)
DR-CO-0019-0001 | DR-CO-0019-0002 | DR-CO-0019-9000
Robertson, Amy Farr (Colorado)
DR-CO-0019-0001 | DR-CO-0019-0002 | DR-CO-0019-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hanlon-Leh, Natalie Marie (Colorado)
DR-CO-0019-9000
Sattler, Bruce W. (Colorado)
DR-CO-0019-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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