Information

Access Success is a live and online event that showcases attorneys and law students with disabilities and introduces them to law firms and law departments interested in expanding their own networks of able counsel. Access Success will help organizations comply with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by meeting attorneys and law students with disabilities and, through a live CLE, learn about the litigation risks under the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to make their websites accessible to visitors with disabilities. A networking reception will follow the CLE session, explaining the web event and encouraging law firm and law department participants to commit to connect with at least ten attorneys or law students with disabilities during the ensuing two-week Access Success online networking fair. This event is free for all participants. Attorneys and law students will receive a participation logo for their website, after the event.

Presented by the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, the National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities (NAAD), the ABA Commission on Disability Rights, the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, and the ABA Law Practice Division. The online portion of the event is powered by LexTotus.

We would like to thank Microsoft for sponsoring this event.

Interested in more information or in becoming a sponsor? Use the form on the About Us page.

When

Live event: March 15th, 2017 4:00pm

Online event: March 15 – April 28, 2017

Where

Live event:

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2800
Chicago, Illinois 60601-3713


Online event:
LexVita for attorneys and LexSchola for law students.

Q&A

Q. What can I expect during the online event?

A. For attorneys or law students with disabilities, you will create a profile and other participants will find you on the event search page and contact you if they are interested in networking or hiring. There is a video conference tool so you can meet.

Q. ​How much does the event cost?

A. Access Success is free for all participants, thanks to sponsorship. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the event, contact Jason Goitia, Acting NAAD President, Cameron Wilson, NAAD Development Director, or Chris Muzzo, CEO of LexTotus.

Q. I’m a law student. How to I sign up?

A. Sign up for Access Success on www.lexschola.com. On March 15th, an invitation to the event will show up on your LexSchola dashboard. You can enter this event portal to participate.

Q. I’m an attorney. How do I sign up?

A. SIgn up for Access Success on www.lexvita.com. On March 15th, an invitation to the event will show up on your LexVita dashboard. You can enter this event portal to participate.

Q. I’m a law student who is participating. How will attorneys find me on LexSchola?

A. During events, LexVita (the attorneys) and LexSchola combine so that everyone can participate.

Q. I have a disability. How will participants know?

A. When you click on the invitation for Access Success, it will ask you which role you will play during the event. Your disability will not be added to your profile. By choosing the role of attorney or law student with disability, you will end up on that search page for companies and firms.

Q. How does an online event help highlight attorneys with disabilities?

A. Using a tool that allows video conference (you get free video conference on LexVita and LexSchola) helps attorneys and law students who may not be able to travel due to limitations. It also allows employers or companies who are looking to network, to meet you face to face with ease.

Q. Are the sites functional for people with disabilities?

A. The sites are currently going through testing to make sure they are accessible to everyone.

Q. I’m interested in joining NAAD. How do I become a member?

A. Click HERE to join NAAD.

Q. What if I cannot participate in the live portion of the event?

A. You can participate in both events or one of them. The event portal closes on LexVita and LexSchola on April 28th but you can keep the connections you have made on your profile’s account.

Instructions for Online Event

  1. If you are an attorney, sign up on www.lexvita.com. If you are a law student, sign up on www.lexschola.com. These are the tools being used for the online networking portion of Access Success. Fill out the registration form and an email will be sent to you that will allow you onto the site. It will ask you what your role will be in Access Success. Are you networking? Looking for a mentor? Are you hiring or looking for employment? You can choose multiple roles.
     
  2. After you have clicked on the registration email (check your junk/spam folder as it may end up there), you will be allowed into the site. Click on the "My LexVita" drop down box on the upper left corner. Clicking on "Edit Profile" will allow you to fill out your profile for the event. Your profile looks like a resume but will also allow users to see who you are beyond your profession.
     
  3. An "Event Portal" will appear on your Dashboard. It is a large banner and when you click it, you will find yourself in the event and able to see the other participants. When the event is over, this Event Portal will disappear but the contacts you have made will remain in your account.
     
  4. The Access Success Event Portal will look very different from LexVita or LexSchola. It combines participants from both sites and will display colors and fonts for this particular event. The role you choose for the event will determine which search page you end up on. You can direct message participants in Access Success in order to expand your network or inquire about employment opportunities.

    You can choose how to connect but LexVita does offer a video feature.