Closing: A Conversation with Haben Girma, the Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Zoom (Webinar): https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/93896994734
Moderated by Session Discussant Kapua‘ala Sproat
Haben Girma was born and raised in Oakland, California, in the heart of the disability rights movement. In 2013 she became the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, and now she employs her talents to advance disability justice. Join us for a conversation on Haben’s journey, how disability drives innovation, and creating community during a pandemic.
Disability Rights Lawyer, Author, Speaker: HabenGirma.com
Featured in The New York Times and Oprah Magazine: Haben The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Ms. Haben GirmaDisability Rights Lawyer, Author, Speaker
The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Haben. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organizations the importance of choosing inclusion. The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and TODAY Show featured her memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.
Haben was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently lives. Her memoir takes readers on adventures around the world, including her parents’ homes in Eritrea and Ethiopia, building a school under the scorching Saharan sun, training with a guide dog in New Jersey, climbing an iceberg in Alaska, fighting for blind readers at a courthouse in Vermont, and talking with President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating book is a testament to Haben’s determination to resist isolation and find the keys to connection.
The hard cover, paperback, eBook, and audiobook (narrated by Haben herself) are available at most bookstores. Learn more at the book page: https://habengirma.com/book/.
Kapuaʻala Sproat Professor of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi’s William S. Richardson School of Law; Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian LawKapuaʻala SproatProfessor of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi’s William S. Richardson School of Law; Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law
Kapuaʻala Sproat is a Professor of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi’s William S. Richardson School of Law and the Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. Ka Huli Ao is an academic center that promotes education, scholarship, community outreach, and collaboration on issues of law, culture, and justice for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific and Indigenous Peoples. Professor Sproat also directs the law school’s Environmental Law Clinic and teaches doctrinal and clinical courses in Native Hawaiian and environmental law and legal writing. In 2014, she received the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching, the University of Hawaiʻi’s highest teaching award. Professor Sproat’s areas of scholarship and interest include Native Hawaiian law, water law, indigenous rights, climate justice, the public trust doctrine, and natural resource protection and management. In 2015, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Academy of Environmental Law named her the 2015 Environmental Law Education Award “Emerging Scholar.” Professor Sproat has a special interest in empowering and supporting Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) culture and communities and works to preserve the resources necessary to perpetuate her culture.