Lambert Ginsberg, Esq. To Receive The Edward H. Pattison “The Ebbie” Citizenship Award

The Firm is proud to announce that This year’s Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award, also known as “The Ebbie,” will be presented to Lambert Ginsberg, Esq. Attorney at Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg & Griffin, PC for his exemplary commitment to improving the lives of individuals through community involvement. The award will be presented on Thursday September 19, 2013 by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.



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Pattison Sampson creates new precedent in Higher Education Law

Pattison Sampson wins in McInerny V. RPI!

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, the highest Federal Court in NYS, just issued its Final Mandate upholding the trial Court's dismissal of a graduate student's claims of disability based discrimination.
he Decision creates an important precedent for colleges and universities. It identifies an approved method of providing reasonable testing accommodations in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Rehabilitation Act.

The decision also demonstrates the importance of maintaining appropriate policies for handling issues of insufficient academic performance by students, including those with disabilities.

The Court found that [The ADA] "and the Rehabilitation Act do not require a defendant to provide a plaintiff with his ideal or preferred accommodation. Rather, the statutes require that an individualwith a disability be provided a reasonable accommodation so that he or she may participate equally in the good, service, or benefit offered by the place of public accommodation. RPI was not required to accommodate plaintiff's every preference. It was not required to expand its faculty or make adjustments to its policies, particularly after it determined that plaintiff was not meeting its academic requirements. RPI provided plaintiff extended time in which to take exams, tailored his Oral Department Qualifying Exam in a manner which best accommodated his needs, and granted him breaks as requested during his Doctoral Qualifying Exam."
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