Seth Galanter, of counsel at Morrison & Foerster, was appointed July 8 by Mayor Adrian Fenty to the D.C. Commission on Persons with Disabilities. The new commission, formerly the Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities, will advise the mayor and the District’s Office of Disability Rights on programs and activities that affect residents with disabilities.
Galanter’s term is for two years and comes after he was named pro bono lawyer of the year by the D.C. Bar for his litigation on behalf of several members of the disabled community, including children, vendors, and prisoners.
It was an open-application process to apply to serve on the commission. Galanter knew the director of the Office of Disability Rights, Eve Hill, from their time at the Department of Justice together, and when he saw the commission position become available, he decided to apply.
“Disability rights has been an interest of mine for a long time; it’s on the cutting edge of the civil rights movement,” Galanter said. “It’s something that every generation needs to deal with. Unlike race discrimination, disability discrimination crosses class lines and appears in new places.”
The commission will hold its first meeting on July 29.