For Immediate Release
April 20, 2016
Contact: Julia Freeman-Woolpert, Outreach Advocacy Director
Disability Rights Center - NH (603) 228-0432
Attorney Benjamin Sahl has been appointed Legal Director of Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire (DRC). He succeeds Amy Messer, former Legal Director, who became Executive Director in 2015. He will be joining DRC on May 2.
“The DRC is thrilled to have Ben joining the team,” said Messer. “His knowledge and experience in the law, as well as his passion and commitment to protecting and advancing the rights of people with disabilities, make him a perfect fit for the Legal Director position.”
Sahl is relocating from New York City, where he most recently practiced with the firm Novak Burnbaum Crystal, LLP. He was the First Amendment Legal Fellow in the national office of the ACLU and an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP. His practice in civil litigation has included extensive pro bono work on behalf of individuals with disabilities in housing, education, and public access.
On both a personal and a professional level, Sahl is passionate about disability rights issues. His efforts have ranged from the regional, including membership on the Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council and the Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities of the New York City Bar Association, to the national, including the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, and the National Family Association for the Deaf-Blind.
Sahl graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2005, where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from Indiana University. His plays were produced in the U.S., U.K., and Australia and he taught writing and performance at Columbia for over a decade.
“We on the Board are very excited to welcome Ben to our skilled staff,” said Paul Levy, President of DRC’s Board of Directors. “Not only is he highly qualified for his new position, but his unique background promises to add valuable dimensions to DRC's future planning and advocacy.”
“As the parent of a child with intellectual and physical disabilities, I share a very personal investment in the Disability Rights Center’s mission,” said Sahl. “I look forward to helping ensure equality, opportunities, and quality of life for all of New Hampshire’s individuals.”
Disability Rights Center - NH is New Hampshire’s designated Protection and Advocacy system, and is dedicated to eliminating barriers existing in New Hampshire to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities. More information about DRC can be found at http://www.drcnh.org.