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Stephen A. Rosenbaum

Stephen A. Rosenbaum

University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA, USA

Stephen Rosenbaum, J.D., M.P.P. is John & Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer, since 1988, at his alma mater, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he has taught courses in social justice skills, civil rights litigation, mental health law and policy, cultural competency and student rights. He also has appointments at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy (Law and Public Policy), Stanford Law School (Disability Law, Human Rights & Justice) and Golden Gate University (Youth Law externship seminar). He was most recently a Visiting Senior Lecturer at University of Washington School of Law (2012-14) where he taught Human Rights Advocacy and co-directed a human rights law clinic.

Rosenbaum was Of Counsel at the San Francisco civil rights law firm of Michael Sorgen from 2011 to 2013. Previously, he was a staff attorney with Disability Rights California, specializing in the rights of students with disabilities, and senior litigation attorney with the Disability Rights, Education & Defense Fund (1997-2011). Before that he was a staff attorney and litigator with California Rural Legal Assistance (1981-96).

Rosenbaum has litigated a number of impact cases in federal and state court on behalf of immigrants and persons with disabilities, and has represented many students and other individuals in mediation and administrative hearings. He has conducted numerous workshops for parents, professionals, lay advocates and hearing officers, including regular appearances at Seattle University’s IDEA Academy and the Bay Area Congreso Familiar for parents of youth with developmental disabilities. He has served on advisory committees of his children’s local school district, California Office of Administrative Hearings, UC Berkeley’s Disability Studies, Amicus Curiae Committee of the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates, Legal Committee of the National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems, and the Special Education Advocate Training Project (funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services) for which Rosenbaum was also an Expert Reviewer.

His scholarship focuses on disability, special education, human rights, immigration and lay advocacy. In 2002, Rosenbaum was named a Harvard Law Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow and, in 2008, was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Auckland (NZ) School of Critical Studies in Education. Rosenbaum is a recipient of Berkeley Law’s Eleanor Swift Award For Public Service (2013), the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Council’s Bettie Hamilton Award (2006), and the Support for Families of Children with Disabilities Advocacy Award (2005).

He is Vice President of the Berkeley Youth Living with Disabilities (BUiLD) Board of Directors and served two terms on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Northern California. Rosenbaum’s older son, David, who recently passed away at age 26, was a special education student with intellectual and physical disabilities and a California Regional Center client.


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