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This page tells you about talks that Lainey Feingold Lainey is scheduled to give at conferences and classes. It also includes information to earlier presentations. Visit the main speaking page for more information. Lainey often speaks about how to resolve claims without lawsuits with a method called Structured Negotiation.  Lainey also talks to audiences about the civil rights of disabled people.  She also speaks to law students. Visit the testimonial page to learn what people say about Lainey’s talks.

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  • December 2, 2020 at 10:00 am (Pacific)


    New York Law School Conversations in Dispute Resolution Series: Structured Negotiation

    Join Lainey for this free conversation about the collaborative dispute resolution process called Structured Negotiation. Lainey, her clients and co-counsel pioneered this process twenty-five years ago and have used it ever since to resolve complex disability rights technology cases without the conflict and runaway expenses of traditional litigation.

  • December 2, 2020


    Disability Rights and Inventing the Accessible Future @ Sight Tech Global

    Looking forward to being on this panel with Haben Girma, George Kerscher, and Megan Rose Dickey (moderator) at this fundraising event for the Silicon Valley’s Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. [Check back for session time during this two day conference on December 2 and 3.]

2020 Completed


  • January 17, 2019 at 8:30 am

    via web

    Guest Speaker: Harvard Law School Class / Diversity and Dispute Resolution

    This is the second year Lainey has been invited to present to David Hoffman’s class at Harvard Law School. Lainey will talk with the students (several from outside the United States) about Structured Negotiation, representing disabled clients, and how lawyers can best serve the disability community.

  • February 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    UC Berkeley Career Center 2440 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94720

    Panelist: Rethinking Diversity, Reintroducing Disability

    A free event that includes the trailer screening of “Crip Camp” by filmmaker and disability rights activist James Lebrecht followed by a panel discussion about disability history, identity, rights, and movements with Lebrecht, Denise Sherer Jacobson, Cathy Kudlick and Lainey.

  • February 22, 2019 at 11:00 am (Eastern)

    Zoom presentation for live gathering in Maryland

    Transatlantic Reflections on the Power of Technology for Inclusion

    Lainey will be part of a global panel and talk about her work on accessible technology using the collaborative tools of Structured Negotiation.

  • March 12, 2019

    Los Angeles, CA

    The Digital Accessibility Legal Summit: Legal Strategies in the Accessibility Space: Lawsuits, Structured Negotiation, and other approaches for ALL stakeholders

    Lainey will be leading a discussion at this inaugural summit on digital accessibility law. The legal landscape has changed drastically in the past three years. How can lawyers representing all parties make sure the digital accessibility legal space is ethical and focused on problem-solving? How can we do this without compromising (i) the rights of disabled people to use all available tools to enforce hard-fought civil rights and (ii) the rights of technology owners to use statutorily provided legal defenses. Let’s talk about smart practices for all stakeholders.

  • March 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Platinum 8, 1st Floor at the CSUN Conference in Anaheim, CA

    2019 Digital Accessibility Legal Update at CSUNATC

    This will be Lainey’s 19th year attending the CSUN conference.  She has been presenting most years since 2001, and has been doing the legal update many of those years, beginning in approximately 2004.

  • April 23, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Guest Lecturer: Columbia Law School Disability Rights Course

    Lainey will be speaking via webinar about Structured Negotiation to Columbia Law School’s disability rights course taught by Liz Emens. Law Students deserve to learn about options other than being a shark!

  • May 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Austin, TX

    Digital Accessibility Legal Update @ AccessU

    Lainey will have 1.5 hours for the digital accessibility legal update at the annual John Slatin AccessU Conference. She will repeat the session on Thursday May 16 at 2:00 and also offer it as part of AccessU online (see next listing).

  • May 16, 2019 at 11:00 am (Central)

    Digital Accessibility Legal Update @AccessU Online

    Lainey’s glad to offer the legal update as part of the 2019 online version of AccessU.

  • June 7, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Vitoria Spain

    Collaborative Tools for Digital Inclusion: Workshop in Basque Country, Spain

    Lainey is grateful to the Association of Collaborative Law of Basque Country for the opportunity to share ideas about using collaborative tools like Structured Negotiation to help close the digital divide by increasing accessibility.

  • June 18, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Grapevine, Texas

    National ADA Symposium: Structured Negotiation Workshop

    Join Lainey for a deep dive into the collaborative tools of Structured Negotiation in this three hour workshop for disability advocates. Gain skills that can help resolve disability claims without run-away costs, stress, and negative publicity. This will be a hands-on workshop with practical tools that Symposium attendees can bring to all types of advocacy efforts — including workplace conflicts!

  • June 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Grapevine, Texas

    National ADA Symposium: Digital Accessibility Legal Update

    Lainey’s popular digital accessibility legal update designed for Symposium attendees. Current cases, Structured Negotiation and advocacy, government activity will be shared. We’ll talk about the role of the law in making the digital world accessible and best practices for baked in accessibility. Come learn how to put the law in your pocked to advance disability rights.

  • July 16, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Chicago, IL

    What’s New in the Digital Accessibility Legal Space @DisabilityIn Conference

    Lainey is excited to be attending her first DisabilityIn conference and presenting the digital accessibility legal update tailored to organizations committed to diversity and inclusion. This session is sponsored by Microsoft and will be moderated by Jessica Rafuse, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility, Corporate External Legal Affairs

  • September 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Ohio State University

    Workshop: “Who Gets to Create, Who Gets to Consume: Digital Media, Disability, and US Law”

  • September 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Moritz College of Law @Ohio State University

    2019 Lawrence Lecturer on Dispute Resolution @ Ohio State

    Lainey is honored to be delivering the annual Lawrence Lecture on Dispute Resolution at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.

  • October 3, 2019 at 10:35 am

    The Exchange Conference Center 212 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02210

    How to Navigate the Galaxy of Accessibility Laws @ACCESS by 3Play Media

  • October 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

    East Brunswick, New Jersey

    Merck Economic Impact Summit

    Lainey will be a panelist on “Accessibility Matters: The Do’s and Don’ts from Industry Leaders”

  • October 25, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Toronto, Ontario


    Excited to join friends and colleagues to talk about ethics in the digital accessibility legal space. Part of a “curated playlist of talks, focused on digital accessibility” in Toronto.

  • November 16, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Books, Inc. in Berkeley, 1491 Shattuck Avenue

    Haben Girma Book Reading (Haben in Conversation with Lainey)

    Lainey is honored to be asking the questions (and taking audience questions) at Haben Girma’s book reading in Berkeley. Haben and I will talk about her wonderful book, Haben: The Deafblind Woman who Conquered Harvard Law.


  • January 12, 2018 at 2:50 pm (null)

    Berkeley, CA (Ed Roberts Campus)

    Speaker, Berkeley Law 2018 Disability Rights Conference

    Speaker on MCLE panel, Practicing as a Disability Rights Attorney. Lainey will share her experience as a solo-practice lawyer with Berkeley Law students. She will tell stories of two decades of Structured Negotiation — negotiating complex civil rights cases with organizations including Walmart, Bank of America, the City and County of San Francisco, and Major League Baseball, all without lawsuits.

  • January 16, 2018 at 11:30 am (Eastern)


    Guest Speaker (virtual): Harvard Law School’s Diversity and Dispute Resolution class

    Lainey will share her experience as a disability rights lawyer practicing Structured Negotiation with Professor David Hoffman’s Diversity and Dispute Resolution class. The importance of making sure people with disabilities are included in negotiations and mediation — with needed accommodations and accessibility — is critical to a truly inclusive process.

  • January 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Eastern)

    Free Webinar: Best practices for Inclusive Technology

    Accessibility is a civil right. Welcome the new year with this free webinar where we will go over the basics of accessible technology, explore best practices for inclusive technology, and become familiar with the legal foundations for accessibility. This webinar is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, a member of the National ADA Network, and TransCen, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education and employment success of youth and young adults with disabilities.

  • January 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Pacific)


    Free Teleconference about Structured Negotiation

    Discussion about Structured Negotiation with the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution Collaborative Law Committee. Lainey has written about the close relationship between Collaborative Law and Structured Negotiation. The toll free dial-in number for the call is: 866.646.6488. The Conference Code: 2360398078

  • February 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Central)

    Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators Structured Negotiation Talk

    Lainey will speak during the Tennessee Association of Mediators bi-monthly call about Structured Negotiation for Mediators: Twenty Years of Complex Dispute Resolution without Lawsuits. Read what mediators have said about Lainey’s book, Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits.

  • February 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm (null)

    150 Fourth Avenue North, 10th Floor

    Nashville (TN) Bar Association Talk

    An introduction to Structured Negotiation for members and friends of the Nashville Bar Association.

  • February 22, 2018 at 9:00 am (null)

    In-depth Structured Negotiation Training with Disability Rights Tennesee

    Lainey will take a deep dive into Structured Negotiation with lawyers and advocates from Disability Rights Tennessee, a state wide organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities in Tennessee. The elements that have made Structured Negotiation a successful dispute resolution strategy — including negotiating qualities of patience and trust — will be explored through both presentations and hands on exercises.

  • March 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm (null)

    Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco

    Hastings Law School Digital Accessibility Class

    Lainey will return to her alma mater as a guest speaker on disability rights and technology.

  • March 21, 2018 (null)

    San Diego, CA

    33rd Annual CSUN Conference: Digital Accessibility Legal Update(s)

    Lainey will be offering the Digital Accessibility Legal Update three times at this year’s CSUN conference. See linked post for times and locations. This will be one session repeated, so everyone who wants to know what is happening in the digital accessibility legal space can. Please note that two of the sessions are not on the conference calendar, so please spread the word.

  • March 22, 2018 at 10:00 am (null)

    Seaport Ballroom H (Microsoft Suite) 2nd Floor Seaport Tower, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego

    33d Annual CSUN Conference: Beyond Compliance Session with Microsoft

    Join Microsoft lawyer Sue Boyd and Lainey Feingold as they talk about best practices for digital accessibility that keep pace – and outpace — current legal developments in the accessibility space. Please note that this session is not listed on the conference calendar, so please spread the word!

  • April 5, 2018 at 11:30 am (null)

    Washington, D.C.

    Disability and Dispute Resolution: Practical Information for Mediators and other Peacemakers (ABA DR Spring Conference)

    Too often disability is left out when mediators and other peacemakers talk about diversity, inclusion, and civil rights. Lainey is exciting to be doing this session with three disabled disability rights lawyers — Robyn Powell, Deepa Goraya, and Debra Patkin. Together we will explore the intersection of dispute resolution and disability, including best practices for communicating with deaf and blind lawyers, parties and neutrals; Website and document accessibility; accommodation policies; disability issues in collaborative (family law) practice; accessibility issues in Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), language and disability awareness; Structured Negotiation and other successful DR strategies for disability rights claims; issues for disabled mediators; and marketing mediation and legal services to the disability community.

  • April 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Eastern)


    CLE Webinar: Structured Negotiation and Healthcare Law, Cost Effective Dispute Resolution (fee based)

    Join Lainey Feingold and disability rights/health care lawyer Andrés Gallegos for this webinar sponsored by the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association. Registration information will be posted when available. Lainey and Andrés will share their experiences representing the disability community in Structured Negotiation on a variety of health care issues including accessible clinics, web and mobile accessibility, and talking prescription labels. Participants will learn tools for resolving complex health care issues without litigation.

  • May 15, 2018 at 11:00 am (null)

    Austin, TX

    John Slatin AccessU: Digital Accessibility Legal Update

    Lainey’s glad to be going back to Knowbility’s wonderful AccessU conference in Austin with a full ninety minutes for the digital accessibility legal update. Come learn to make sense of the legal landscape and put the civil rights of disabled people at the core of your accessibility work, no matter what your role.

  • May 15, 2018 at 7:30 am (null)

    Austin, TX

    Honoring Wisdom, Embracing Change: A Conversation about Eldering in the Accessibility Community at AccessU

    Lainey will join Knowbility’s Sharron Rush, and Microsoft’s Wendy Chisholm to kick off the 2018 AccessU conference with a conversation about the past and future of accessibility and how the notion of eldering can help ensure continuity and support for people in all stages of their accessibility careers.

  • May 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm (Central)

    AccessU Online Legal Update

    The AccessU digital accessibility legal update for people unable to come to Austin!

  • June 19, 2018 at 8:00 am (null)

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2018 National ADA Symposium: Information Technology in Health Care

    Access to healthcare information, technology, programs, services and facilities is an issue of critical importance to the disability community. Without accessibility, confidentiality and privacy is compromised. Accessible health care technology issues include talking prescription labels, accessible medical records, accessible websites and mobile applications, video remote interpreting (VRI) and kiosks in hospitals and doctors offices. Come explore best practices for these issues and learn what advocates (and lawyers) are doing in the accessible health care space.

  • June 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm (null)

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2018 National ADA Symposium: Structured Negotiation: A Successful Strategy for Advancing Disability Rights

    Structured Negotiation is a highly effective strategy for resolving disability rights claims without the conflict and run aways costs that go along with filing a lawsuit. This session is for advocates, consumers, and lawyers. It will offer practical tools for working with government agencies, the private sector, and schools and universities in a way that builds relationships and produces long-term results. Lots of stories and examples from Structured Negotiation’s track record of improving access in the digital space for more than two decades.

  • July 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm (Eastern)

    Lainey presenting online / conference in Dartmouth, MA

    U Mass Accessibility Retreat: Access for All

    Lainey will be presenting remotely at this system-wide conference of the University of Massachusetts campus. Her talk is titled: “What’s Law got to do with it? Accessibility as a civil right of UMass students, faculty and staff.” Lainey is doing this webinar in honor of her parents, both of whom graduated from the University of Masachsusetts in 1954.

  • July 25, 2018 at 11:00 am (Eastern)


    Webinar: Digital Accessibility Law for Developers, Designers, All of Us! (fee-based)

    Join Lainey for a legal update designed for web developers, designers, and accessibility professionals. Part of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) 2018 webinar series.

  • August 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Madison, Wisconsin

    Better by Design Workshop: From the negotiating table to the design studio

    Lainey is thrilled to be doing this workshop with accessibility evangelist Shawn Henry at the Better by Design conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In this interactive workshop, Shawn and Lainey will share the tools of consensus decision making and structured negotiation they have worked with for many years. These tools, reflecting principles embedded in design thinking, can be used in work situations with teams, project leaders and clients to advance accessibility and achieve other personal and workplace goals.

  • September 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Eastern)


    Relational Practice Virtual Summit

    Lainey is glad to be part of this inaugural online conference of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution’s Task Force on Relational Practices. The conference theme is “I can relate! Skills, Ideas, and Models for Engaging Differences.” A perfect fit for Structured Negotiation, which Lainey will be talking about with Louise Phipps Senft, author of “Being Relational: The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction and Lasting Change.

  • October 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Evening Panel: Legislation, Policy and Practice for Digital Inclusion

    Lainey is excited to be part of an evening event in Sydney during her trip to Australia in October focused on disability and human rights. Lainey will be sharing the stage with Alastair McEwen, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Rosemary Kayess, Interim-Director of the University of New South Wales’ Disability Innovation Institute, and member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    This event is run in conjunction with the Sydney Web Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup, and features as a part of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance’s Digital Accessibility Awareness Week. It is sponsored by Telstra, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and Intopia.

  • October 17, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Melbourne, Australia

    Structured Negotiation Workshop @ A11yCamp Melbourne

    A half day workshop offering the tools of Structured Negotiation for anyone seeking to advance accessibility with less conflict and more problem-solving. Interactive and experiential (and fun!), participants will learn practical skills for working cooperatively to make the digital world usable and accessible to everyone.

  • October 18, 2018

    Melbourne, Australia

    A11yCamp Melbourne: Conference Keynote

    Lainey is thrilled to be returning to Australia to present a conference keynote at A11yCamp Melbourne. A11y (short for Accessibility) Camp Melbourne is Australia’s premier conference on accessibility and inclusion. Stay tuned for the full conference schedule. Lainey will also be presenting a Workshop at A11yCamp, listed separately on this page.

  • October 22, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Auckland, New Zealand

    New Zealand Accessibility Tick Workshop

    Lainey will spend October 23 and 24, 2018 in New Zealand on a visit sponsored by the Blind Foundation of New Zealand. On the 23rd she will lead a workshop with members of the Foundation’s Accessibility Tick Programme, an initiative to help New Zealand organizations become more accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities. Lainey thanks Jason Kiss, web accessibility advocate in NZ, for making the connections that led to this visit!

  • October 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Wellington, NZ

    New Zealand Resolution Institute: Structured Negotiation, Disability Rights, Digital Access: Wellington Networking Event with Lainey Feingold

    Lainey is excited to meet dispute resolution colleagues at this informal gathering with the Resolution Institute of New Zealand

  • November 7, 2018 (null)

    George Mason University; Arlington, Virginia

    Keynote, 3rd Annual ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium

    Testing is a key component in an accessibility program that sticks. In the words of the organizers, this Symposium is peer reviewed, published, open, interactive and original. Lainey is excited to welcome participants to this event in a talk designed to remind everyone of the civil rights component that infuses every role in accessibility.

  • November 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Eastern)


    3Play Media 2018 Digital Accessibility Legal Update (Free Webinar)

    Join Lainey for this annual update of the current state of the digital accessibility legal space. Digital accessibility is a civil right of disabled people. Whatever your role, you can put the law in your pocket to help make the digital world more inclusive. Lainey’s 2017 legal update was one of 3Play Media’s top 5 accessibility webinars that year.

  • December 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Adobe Campus in Fremont | 801 N 34th St | Seattle, WA

    Accessibility and Inclusive Design Seattle (A11ySea) Year End MeetUp

    Join Lainey at Seattle’s Accessibility and Inclusive Design MeetUp where she’s share insights from the legal accessibility space in her talk, “Put the Law in your Pocket: Accessibility Legal Update for Digital Accessibility Professionals.”

  • December 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Redmond, Washington

    Talk for Microsoft Legal Department: The Landscape is Changing: What’s New in the Digital Accessibility Legal Space

    Lainey is excited to do a continuing legal education presentation at Microsoft, a global accessibility champion. She will provide a fast paced look at the current digital accessibility legal landscape and for predictions of what’s next. Court orders, legislative and regulatory efforts, and collaborative settlements will all be discussed. Digital accessibility is a civil right; yet fear of the law is not a good motivator. Lainey believes that Microsoft’s multi-dimensional approach to accessibility is the best way to stay ahead of the legal curve.

For talks prior to 2018, please see the speaking archives.

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