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Review of OCR Letters and Members\' Fact Scenarios

| Proposal No: 845

Bios & Handouts


  • Jim Long, Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

The presentation will focus on recent decisions from OCR offices around the country as illustrative of the approach OCR will take in enforcing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.


The presentation will focus on the more common issues encountered in OCR investigations of complaints and compliance reviews at post-secondary institutions. Particular emphasis will be placed on the legal issues arising in the complaints and the principles of compliance OCR anticipates recipients of Federal financial assistance from the Department and public entities will follow in coordinating their efforts to comply with Section 504 and Title II.


  1. Compliance is easily achieved
  2. Stick to the basic principles in OCR's guidance
  3. When in doubt, ask questions

Speaker Bio(s)

Jim Long

Jim Long is a Senior Attorney with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, in the Denver Enforcement Office. Jim’s undergraduate degree is from Creighton University; he went to law school at the University of Texas School Of Law and completed the Graduate Program at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School. Jim served as an officer in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corp for 23 years in various assignments from Korea to Germany. Among other assignments, he served as an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, as the Center Judge Advocate (Chief Counsel) at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (where he handled his first ADA case, involving deaf students from Gallaudet College in the hospital’s emergency room) and, and as Command Judge Advocate for the Army’s Medical Command and Legal Advisor to the Surgeon General of the Army. He followed his military career serving a number of years as litigation counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site before coming to the Office for Civil Rights. He has served in OCR since 2003. Jim and his wife Nancy, a retired college teacher, have four children and three wonderful grandchildren.