Amanda Maisels

Deputy Chief
Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice


Amanda Maisels is aDeputy Chief in the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she previously servedas a Trial Attorney,and has worked in the disability rights arena for 23years. The Disability Rights Section enforces Titles I, II, and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ms. Maisels oversees enforcement work under all three titles of the ADA; she also oversees the Section’s Title I program. Some of the more notable casesshe has worked on include polling place access for individuals with disabilities, the institutionalization of adults with mental illness in board and care homes in NewYork City, and the unlawful screening out of a job applicant with dwarfism because he didn’t have a driver’s license, when the license was not essential to performing the job’s functions.Ms. Maisels graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.