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Linda D. Kilb

Linda D. Kilb

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Director, California Legal Services Trust Fund Support Center Program
Berkeley, CA, USA

Linda D. Kilb is currently the Director of the California Legal Services Trust Fund Support Center Program of the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF).  Founded in 1979 by a unique alliance of people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, DREDF is a national law and policy center with offices in Berkeley, California and Washington, D.C.  Ms. Kilb has been an attorney with DREDF since 1989.  In this capacity she represents plaintiffs and amici in litigation brought under a range of disability rights laws, and participates in the development of policy positions and legislative education efforts to advance the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Ms. Kilb has been extensively involved in litigation to enforce federal and state disability rights laws.  This includes individual and class action lawsuits under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and similar California laws.  She has provided training throughout the nation to educate people with disabilities, advocates and attorneys with respect to the requirements of such laws.

Ms. Kilb has served on the board of the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), a statewide, private, tax-exempt organization, founded in 1982 for the purpose of ensuring delivery of effective legal services to indigent and disadvantaged people throughout California.  Her LAAC service from 2003 to 2008 also included several years on the board executive committee.  She was adjunct faculty at U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) from 1999 to 2008, where she co-taught a Disability Rights Law seminar course. Ms. Kilb received a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship in 1999, awarded to experienced public interest attorneys with demonstrated interest in and ability to mentor law students seeking public interest careers.  Ms. Kilb received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, and was graduated with honors from the Harvard Law School in 1988.

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