Due Process Plus

ADA Advocacy and Training
Standards for Appointed Attorneys
in Adult Guardianship Attorneys

White Paper to the United States Department of Justice

This report offers a comprehensive set of standards for the training and performance of attorneys who represent people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in guardianship cases. 

The report was submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice as a tool it can use during investigations of courts whose practices may be in violation of Title II of the American with Disabilities Act.  Courts that process guardianship cases have a responsibility to adopt policies and have monitoring procedures in place to ensure that court-appointed attorneys are providing their clients access to justice.  They must also ensure that attorneys who represent clients with special needs are properly trained.

State courts will find the report to be a valuable resource to use in formulating training and advocacy standards that will fulfill their ADA access-to-justice responsibilities.  Attorneys who represent guardianship respondents will also find the report helpful as they seek to become "due process plus" advocates for clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



White Paper

Letter to DOJ

User's Guide

Reference Materials

History of Guardianship

ADA Advocacy Practices

Mandatory Counsel States

Biography of Author

Summary of Standards