Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2010
  • B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, University of Arizona, 2006

Admissions

  • California (2010)
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Kara J. Janssen is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP.  She works on complex litigation and prelitigation matters in federal and state court, including class action litigation and individual representation on behalf of people with disabilities.

Prior to joining RBGG Ms. Janssen was a Staff Attorney with Disability Rights Legal Center, a national non-profit legal center based in Los Angeles, where she was lead attorney on multiple individual and class action matters on behalf of people with disabilities and co-taught a law school course on the civil rights of persons with disabilities.  She was previously a Staff Attorney with Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit impact litigation center from 2012-2015, having served as John W. Carson/LD Access Fellowship Attorney at DRA from 2010-2012. Full bio »

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T: 415-433-6830
F: 415-433-7104
E: kjanssen@rbgg.com

Kara J. Janssen is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP.  She works on complex litigation and prelitigation matters in federal and state court, including class action litigation and individual representation on behalf of people with disabilities.

Prior to joining RBGG Ms. Janssen was a Staff Attorney with Disability Rights Legal Center, a national non-profit legal center based in Los Angeles, where she was lead attorney on multiple individual and class action matters on behalf of people with disabilities and co-taught a law school course on the civil rights of persons with disabilities.  She was previously a Staff Attorney with Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit impact litigation center from 2012-2015, having served as John W. Carson/LD Access Fellowship Attorney at DRA from 2010-2012.  At DRA she worked out of both the Berkeley and New York City offices and specialized in class action litigation and structured negotiations. She is a frequent speaker on legal issues relating to the rights of students and people with disabilities.

Ms. Janssen received a J.D.  from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Arizona. During law school, she interned at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. and at the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in New York City.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Sabata et al v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services et al: RBGG together with the ACLU of Nebraska, the ACLU National Prison Project, Nebraska Appleseed, the National Association of the Deaf, and the law firm DLA Piper filed a class-action lawsuit on August 15, 2017 on behalf of eleven prisoners in Nebraska state prisons.  The lawsuit asks that the Nebraska Department of Corrections and the Nebraska Board of Parole immediately address overcrowding, and the lack of adequate health care including medical, dental, and mental health care as well as provide accommodations for prisoners who are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, or have other disabilities.
  • Cole v. County of Santa Clara: RBGG represents five current and former inmates in a class action on behalf of all prisoners with mobility disabilities to remedy long-standing inaccessibility issues throughout the Santa Clara County Jail system. The complaint was filed in federal court in the Northern District of California on November 14, 2016.
  • Amici Curiae Brief on Behalf of Deaf Advocacy Organizations in Ivy v. Morath: RBGG submitted a friend of the court brief on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf and six other deaf advocacy organizations urging the Supreme Court to recognize that a state-mandated driver education program must be operated and regulated by the state in a manner that is accessible to deaf individuals and in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2017 Rising Star

Admissions

  • California (2010)

Professional Experience

  • Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Legal Center (2015-2016)
  • Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates (2012-2015)
  • John W. Carson/LD Access Fellowship Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates (2010-2012)

Community Service

  • American Bar Association
  • Disability Rights Bar Association

Kara J. Janssen is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP.  She works on complex litigation and prelitigation matters in federal and state court, including class action litigation and individual representation on behalf of people with disabilities.

Prior to joining RBGG Ms. Janssen was a Staff Attorney with Disability Rights Legal Center, a national non-profit legal center based in Los Angeles, where she was lead attorney on multiple individual and class action matters on behalf of people with disabilities and co-taught a law school course on the civil rights of persons with disabilities.  She was previously a Staff Attorney with Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national non-profit impact litigation center from 2012-2015, having served as John W. Carson/LD Access Fellowship Attorney at DRA from 2010-2012.  At DRA she worked out of both the Berkeley and New York City offices and specialized in class action litigation and structured negotiations. She is a frequent speaker on legal issues relating to the rights of students and people with disabilities.

Ms. Janssen received a J.D.  from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Arizona. During law school, she interned at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. and at the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in New York City.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Sabata et al v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services et al: RBGG together with the ACLU of Nebraska, the ACLU National Prison Project, Nebraska Appleseed, the National Association of the Deaf, and the law firm DLA Piper filed a class-action lawsuit on August 15, 2017 on behalf of eleven prisoners in Nebraska state prisons.  The lawsuit asks that the Nebraska Department of Corrections and the Nebraska Board of Parole immediately address overcrowding, and the lack of adequate health care including medical, dental, and mental health care as well as provide accommodations for prisoners who are blind, deaf, hard of hearing, or have other disabilities.
  • Cole v. County of Santa Clara: RBGG represents five current and former inmates in a class action on behalf of all prisoners with mobility disabilities to remedy long-standing inaccessibility issues throughout the Santa Clara County Jail system. The complaint was filed in federal court in the Northern District of California on November 14, 2016.
  • Amici Curiae Brief on Behalf of Deaf Advocacy Organizations in Ivy v. Morath: RBGG submitted a friend of the court brief on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf and six other deaf advocacy organizations urging the Supreme Court to recognize that a state-mandated driver education program must be operated and regulated by the state in a manner that is accessible to deaf individuals and in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2010
  • B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, University of Arizona, 2006

Honors & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2017 Rising Star

Presentations

  • “Strategies for Litigating on behalf of Incarcerated People with Disabilities” ACLU National Prison Project Webinar, May 18, 2017
  • “How to Litigate the Disability Rights of Incarcerated Persons” Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, March 30, 2017, Baltimore, MD
  • “Education Rights,” Juvenile Law Institute, January 29, 2016, Riverside California
Full list of presentations »
  • “Strategies for Litigating on behalf of Incarcerated People with Disabilities” ACLU National Prison Project Webinar, May 18, 2017
  • “How to Litigate the Disability Rights of Incarcerated Persons” Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, March 30, 2017, Baltimore, MD
  • “Education Rights,” Juvenile Law Institute, January 29, 2016, Riverside California
  • “Know Your Rights!  Empower Yourself!,” Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living, January 8, 2015, Downey, California and February 19, 2015, Alhambra, California
  • “Legal Updates,” National Federation of the Blind of California State Convention, October 11, 2014
  • “Education Rights: Students in the Juvenile Justice System,” Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender, March 26, 2014, Martinez, California
  • “Cognitive Processing Deficits: Impact Beyond Academic Achievement and Sensory Processing Deficits, Related Impairments, and Impacts for Litigation,” California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and California Public Defenders Association Capital Defense Seminar, February 16, 2014, Monterey, California
  • “Technology and Access: Leveling the Playing Field in Higher Education,” Disability Rights Legal Center’s 1st Annual Disability Rights Summit, October 22, 2013, Los Angeles, California
  • “Recent Litigation Developments: College Students with Disabilities,” Private College Disability Resource Center, October 28, 2011, San Francisco, California