Deepa Goraya

Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Project

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Deepa Goraya is a civil rights attorney who enforces the rights of people with disabilities in places of public accommodation, transportation, employment, education, and other areas, and who has focused in particular on improving the accessibility of web sites, mobile applications, and touch screen technology for the blind. Ms. Goraya, who is completely blind, routinely represents individuals with disabilities and disability rights organizations in federal and state court.

Ms. Goraya joined the Washington Lawyers' Committee in July 2014, and since that time has been involved with numerous cases challenging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), state, and local laws that protect people with disabilities, including: an action challenging Kohl’s nationwide practice of having narrow isles that are not accessible to people with disabilities; an action challenging Sweetgreen’s online ordering system that is inaccessible to blind customers; an action challenging Barbri’s failure to make its bar review materials accessible to blind students; an action challenging ADA violations at a Central Park restaurant owned by New York City; and an action against taxicab companies in Washington, DC that refused to pick up customers who had service animals.

Ms. Goraya graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012.  During law school, Ms. Goraya was an extern for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, where she worked to resolve complaints of accessibility, equal access, and employment discrimination for persons with disabilities. She also interned for Eve Hill at the Burton Blatt Institute's D.C. office, at the White House for the Special Assistant to the President on Disability Policy, at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for Commissioner Chai Feldblum, and with Disability Rights International.

Ms. Goraya has been involved in an array of student and professional organizations that advocate for people with disabilities. Ms. Goraya was a 2012-2013 ABA Young Lawyers Division Minorities in the Profession Scholar, and now serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division Minorities in the Profession Committee. She is also an appointee to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights, and is a Board Member of the newly formed National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities. She is an active leader and member of the National Federation of the Blind, a civil rights advocacy organization lead by, and consisting of, blind individuals from around the country. As a law student at the University of Michigan, Ms. Goraya served as Membership Coordinator and then as Co-Vice President of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities.

Education

  • JD, University of Michigan Law School 
  • BA, Cum Laude and with high honors: University of California, Los Angeles

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
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