February 11, 2016

Jenner & Block Partner Richard F. Ziegler and Associate Justin O. Spiegel are prominently featured in a video created for the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) and shown during the group’s annual luncheon on February 11, 2016.  NYLPI was founded in 1976 to serve the legal needs of underserved, underrepresented New Yorkers and their communities. 

In the video, Mr. Ziegler and Mr. Spiegel discuss a landmark case in which they, working as co-counsel with NYLPI, represented a class of disabled New Yorkers who are limited-English-proficient and allege that they were subjected to discriminatory treatment when applying for or trying to use Access-A-Ride, the city’s accessible public transport service for people with disabilities.  Mr. Spiegel explains that the clients were very involved in the case.  “It was through them that we were able to learn the scope of the issue,” he says.

In November 2015, after nearly a year of negotiations, the plaintiffs reached a groundbreaking settlement (subject to the federal court’s approval) with the New York City Transit Authority, which operates the program.  Under the terms, New York City Transit will create a comprehensive plan to provide interpretation and translation services to limited-English-proficient New Yorkers and make Access-A-Ride equally available to the tens of thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities who do not speak English well.  In the video, Mr. Ziegler explains that the agreement will provide a “state-of-the-art compliance program for language access by the Access-A-Ride program New York City.”

Please click here to see the video.