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The ADA Legacy Project

Moments in Disability History 4

ADA: Back To The Future with U.S. District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank

Nowhere in this interview does U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank mention the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) but his comments on bigotry, employment, abuse and especially on the influence of self-advocates, reflects on how far our society has come since the passage of ADA, the importance of maintaining the ADA, and the need to advance the ADA, particularly through the influence of self-advocates on the disability justice community.

Donovan W. Frank took the oath of office on November 2, 1998 to become a United States District Court judge. His career was profoundly influenced when he was as an Assistant St. Louis County Attorney for the St. Louis County Attorney's Office in Virginia, Minnesota, where he was involved with people being committed into the mental health system. Judge Frank served as the Chief Judge of the sixteen-judge Sixth Judicial District from 1991 to 1996, prior to his appointment to the federal bench.

Video: Judge Frank Interview for TPT

Judge Donovan Frank
Judge Donovan Frank

Karen Loven
Karen Loven

April 1, 2013

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