Barry Taylor

Position: University of Chicago Law School
Board of Directors

Portrait of Barry Taylor
Portrait of Barry Taylor

A Conversation with Barry Taylor

Barry Taylor is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, where he has taught Disability Rights Law to second and third-year law students since 2021. 

From 1996-2023, Barry was the Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation at Equip for Equality. At Equip for Equality, he developed, litigated, and oversaw many individual and systemic disability discrimination cases, including successful ADA suits against the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Chicago Police Department, and the Chicago Transit Authority. He was co-counsel in eight class actions, including lead counsel in Ligas v. Eagleson, a class action on behalf of people with developmental disabilities seeking community services.   

Prior to coming to Equip for Equality, Barry was the AIDS Project Attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal working to advance the civil rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.  His caseload included a successful challenge to discriminatory inquiries by the Chicago Public Schools on teacher applications.   

From 1988-1993, Barry was a litigation associate at the Chicago law firm of Peterson & Ross.  He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he also received his undergraduate degree in 1985.

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