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Mark Weber

  • Vincent de Paul Professor of Law
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-8808
  • 634 O'Malley Place
Professor Weber's main professional interests are disability rights and complex tort litigation. He is the author of Disability Harassment (NYU Press), Understanding Disability Law (Lexis-Nexis), Special Education Law Cases and Material (Lexis-Nexis) (with Sarah Redfield and Ralph Mawdsley), and Special Education Law and Litigation Treatise (LRP Pubs.). He frequently speaks on disability law issues at national and international programs. He has presented testimony on the implementation of the ADA to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and is active in community service and legislative initiatives on disability matters. Professor Weber's work on complex tort litigation includes both scholarship and law reform efforts. He has appeared at programs on mass tort issues conducted by the Indiana court system, the Illinois court system, and the Federal Judicial Center, and at various academic symposia. He began his career as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and then worked as a clinical fellow at University of Chicago Law School. At DePaul, he has served as associate dean and acting dean of the College of Law. He has received the College of Law Outstanding Teaching Award, the DePaul University Excellence in Public Service Award, the College of Law Excellence in Scholarship Award, the DePaul Spirit of Inquiry Award, and the Center for Disability and Elder Law Distinguished Service Award. He was named Vincent dePaul Professor of Law in 2004.


BA, Columbia University; JD, Yale University

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex Tort Litigation
  • Disability Rights Issues
  • Special Education Law

Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Constitutional Process
  • Disability Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Remedies
  • Special Education Law
  • Torts


  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Book Reviews
  • Miscellaneous


2017 Meaningful Access and Disability Discrimination: The Role of Social Science and Other Empirical Evidence, 39 Cardozo L. Rev. 649 (2017) string;#Click Here
2017 Foreword: The Special Education Cases of 2017, 47 J.L. & Educ. 425 (2017) string;#Click Here
2017 Protection for Privacy Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 6 Laws 10 (2017) string;#Click Here
2016 Intent in Disability Discrimination Law: Social Science Insights and Comparisons to Race and Sex Discrimination, 2016 Ill. L. Rev. 151. string;#Click Here
2015 Accidentally on Purpose: Intent in Disability Discrimination Law, 56 B.C. L. Rev. 1417 (2015). string;#Click Here
2015 Numerical Goals for Employment of People with Disabilities by Federal Agencies and Contractors, 9 St. Louis U. J. Health L. & Pol'y 35 (2015). string;#Click Here
2014 In Defense of IDEA Due Process, 29 Ohio St. J. on Disp. Resol. 495 (2014) string;#Click Here
2014 IDEA Class Actions After Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 45 U. Tol. L. Rev. 471 (2014) string;#Click Here
2013 All Areas of Suspected Disability, 2013 Loy. L. Rev. 289 (2013) string;#Click Here
2013 Background Social Structures and Disability Discrimination in the United States and Canada, 9 Rev. Disability Stud. 20 (2013) string;#Click Here
2012 Common-Law Interpretation of Appropriate Education: The Road Not Taken in Rowley, 41 J.L. & Educ. 95 (2012) string;#Click Here
2012 The Common Law of Disability Discrimination, 2012 Utah L. Rev. 429 (2012) string;#Click Here
2012 Procedures and Remedies Under Section 504 and the ADA for Public School Children with Disabilities, 32 J. Nat’l Ass’n Admin. L.J. 611 (2012) string;#Click Here
2011 Disability Rights, Welfare Law 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 2483 (2011) string;#Click Here
2010 Settling Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Cases: Making Up Is Hard to Do, 43 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 641 (2010) string;#Click Here
2010 A New Look at Section 504 and the ADA in Special Education Cases, 16 Tex. J. C.L. & C.R. 1 (2010). string;#Click Here
2010 Settling IDEA Cases: Making Up is Hard to Do, 43 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 641 (2010). string;#Click Here
2010 Special Education from the (Damp) Ground Up: Children with Disabilities in a Charter School-Dependent Educational System, 11 Loy. J. Pub. Int. L. 217 (2010). string;#Click Here
2010 Unreasonable Accommodation and Due Hardship, 62 Fla. L. Rev. 1119 (2010). string;#Click Here
2010 Fitzgerald, Safford, and the Future of Section 1983 Education Litigation, 252 West’s Educ. L. Rep. 8 (2010) string;#
2009 The IDEA Eligibility Mess, 57 Buff. L. Rev. 83 (2009). string;#Click Here
2009 Special Education Law: Challenges Old and New, 90 Phi Delta Kappan: The J. of Educ. 728 (2009). string;#Click Here
2009 Disability Rights, Disability Discrimination, and Social Insurance, 25 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 575 (2009). string;#Click Here
2008 AAPL Guideline for Forensic Evaluation of Psychiatric Disabilities: A Disability Law Perspective, 36 J. Am. Psychiatry & L. 558 (2008). string;#Click Here
2007 Inclusive Education in the United States and Internationally: Challenges and Response, 3 (Issues 1 & 2) Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal 19 (2007). string;#Click Here
2007 A Nuanced Approach to the Disability Integration Presumption, 156 U.PA.L.Rev. PENNumbra 174 (2007). string;#Click Here
2007 Services for Private School Students Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act: Issues of Statutory Entitlement, Religious Liberty, and Procedural Regularity, 36 J.L. & Educ. 163 (2007). string;#Click Here
2006 Reflections on the New Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, 58 Fla. L. Rev. 7 (2006). string;#Click Here
2006 Legal Protection Against Discrimination for Students in Higher Education: Four Leading Issues, 14 Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal 15 (2006). string;#Click Here
2004 Opening the Golden Door: Disability and the Law of Immigration, 8 J. Gender Race & Just. 153 (2004). string;#Click Here
2004 Exile and the Kingdom: Integration, Harassment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 63 Md. L. Rev. 162 (2004). string;#Click Here
2004 Litigation Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act after Buckhannon Board & Care Home, Inc. v. West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, 65 Ohio St. L. J. 357 (2004). string;#Click Here
2004 Home and Community-Based Services, Olmstead, and Positive Rights: A Preliminary Discussion, 39 Wake Forest L. Rev. 269 (2004). string;#Click Here
2003 Workplace Harassment Claims Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: A New Interpretation, 14 Stan. L. & Pol’y Rev. 241 (2003). string;#Click Here
2002 Special Education Attorneys’ Fees After Buckhannon Board & Care Home, Incorporated v. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, 2002 BYU Educ. & L. J. 273 (2002). string;#Click Here
2002 Damages Liability in Special Education Cases, 21 Rev. Litig. 83 (2002). string;#Click Here
2002 Disability Harassment in the Public Schools, 43 Wm. and Mary L. Rev. 1079 (2002). string;#Click Here
2002 Disability Discrimination in Higher Education, 28 J.C. & U.L. 439 (2002). string;#
2001 Taking Subrogation Seriously: The Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tobacco Litigation Reconsidered, 67 Brooklyn L. Rev. 381 (2001). string;#Click Here
2001 Forum Allocation in Toxic Tort Cases: Lessons from the Tobacco Litigation and Other Recent Developments, 26 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev. 93 (2001). string;#Click Here
2001 The Least Restrictive Environment Obligation as an Entitlement to Educational Services: A Commentary, 5 U.C. Davis J. Juv. L. & Pol'y 147 (2001). string;#
2000 The Americans With Disabilities Act and Employment: A Non-Retrospective, 52 Ala. L. Rev. 375 (2000). string;#Click Here
2000 Disability and the Law of Welfare: A Post-Integrationist Examination, 2000 U. Ill. L. Rev. 889 (2000). string;#Click Here
2000 Disability Discrimination in Higher Education, 27 J.C. & U.L. 417 (2000). string;#
1999 Reciprocal Lessons of the ADA and European Disability Law, 93 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 338 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 Mass Jury Trials in Mass Tort Cases: Some Preliminary Issues, 48 DePaul L. Rev. 463 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 Thanks for not Suing: The Prospects for State Court Class Action Litigation Over Tobacco Injuries, 33 Ga. L. Rev. 979 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 Disability Discrimination in Higher Education, 26 J.C. & U.L. 351 (1999). string;#
1998 Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act: A National Employment Policy for People with Disabilities, 46 Buff. L. Rev. 123 (1998). string;#Click Here
1998 A Consent-Based Approach to Class Action Settlement: Improving Amchem Products, Inc. v. Windsor, 59 Ohio St. L. J. 1155 (1998). string;#Click Here
1998 Disability Discrimination Litigation and Institutions of Higher Education, 25 J.C. & U.L. 53 (1998). string;#
1997 Foreword: A Symposium on Individual Rights and Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, 46 DePaul L. Rev. 871 (1997). string;#Click Here
1996 Managing Complex Litigation in the Illinois Courts, 27 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 959 (1996). string;#Click Here
1995 Disability Discrimination by State and Local Government: The Relationship between Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 36 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1089 (1995). string;#Click Here
1994 Complex Litigation and the State Courts: Constitutional and Practical Advantages of the State Forum Over the Federal Forum in Mass Tort Cases, 21 Hastings Const. L. Q. 215 (1994) (excerpted in Linda S. Mullenix, Mass Tort Litigation: Cases and Materials (West Pub. Co., 1996)). string;#Click Here
1994 The Federal Civil Rules Amendments of 1993 and Complex Litigation: A Comment on Transsubstantivity and Special Rules for Large and Small Federal Cases, 14 Rev. Litig. 113 (1994). string;#Click Here
1994 Towards Access, Accountability, Procedural Regularity and Participation: The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992 and 1993, 60 J. Rehabilitation 21 (1994). string;#Click Here
1993 The Barriers Study: Time to Abandon Ship, 42 Ill. Council Exceptional Children Q. 49 (1993). string;#
1992 ADA Recognizes Formal Equality Is Not Equal Enough, 19 Hum. Rts. 2 (Spring 1992). string;#Click Here
1991 Doe v. Defendant I: "Harmless Error" in Handicapped Children's Individualized Education Programs?, 1 Ky. Children's Rts. J. 1 (1991). string;#
1991 The Legal and Policy Implications of Third Party Reimbursement for Early Childhood Services, 15 J. Early Intervention 298 (1991). string;#
1990 The Transformation of the Education of the Handicapped Act: A Study in the Interpretation of Radical Statutes, 24 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 349 (1990). string;#Click Here
1990 With Mary Binkelman, Legal Issues in the Transition to Public School for Handicapped Infants and Children, 19 J.L. & Educ. 193 (1990). string;#Click Here
1990 Beyond Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: A New Approach to Mixed Motive Discrimination, 68 N.C. L.Rev. 495 (1990). string;#Click Here
1988 Purposeful Availment, 39 S.C.L. Rev. 815 (1988). string;#Click Here
1988 Preclusion and Procedural Due Process in Rule 23(b)(2) Class Actions, 21 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 347 (1988). string;#Click Here
1987 The End of Responsible Relative Liability, 54 Exceptional Children 171 (1987). string;#Click Here


2017 Special Education Law and Litigation Treatise (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.: LRP Pubs. 4th ed. 2017) string;#
2013 With Sarah E. Redfield and Ralph D. Mawdsley, Special Education Law: Cases and Materials (LexisNexis 4th ed. 2013 & Online Supplements) (with Teachers' Manual and Statutory Pamphlet) string;#
2012 Understanding Disability Law (LexisNexis, 2d ed., 2012). string;#
2007 Disability Harassment (New York University Press, 2007). string;#Click Here
1997 Illinois Manual for Complex Criminal Litigation (Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Complex Litigation, 1997 & Supplements) (reporter) string;#
1993 The Illinois Mental Health Professional’s Law Handbook (Leila M. Foster et al., Illinois Mental Health Professional’s Law Handbook Editorial Committee, 3d. ed., 1993) (co-editor) string;#
1992 Illinois Manual for Complex Litigation (Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Complex Litigation, 1992). string;#

Book Chapters

2017 Social Insurance for Disability, Contemporary Challenges and Insights from Disability Civil Rights, in Disability Politics in a Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Marta Russell (Ravi Malhotra ed., Routledge, 2017). string;#
2013 Children with Disabilities, Parents Without Disabilities and Lawyers: Issues of Life Experience, Affinity, and Agency, in Righting Educational Wrongs: Disability Studies In Law And Education (Arlene S. Kanter & Beth A. Ferri eds., Syracuse University Press, 2013). string;#
2008 Special Education: Legal and Policy Perspectives, in The Chicago Companion to the Child (University of Chicago Press, 2008). string;#
1993 "Special Education" and "Social Security," in The Illinois Mental Health Professional's Law Handbook (Leila M. Foster, ed., Illinois Mental Health Professional’s Law Handbook Editorial Committee, 3d ed., 1993). string;#
1991 Legal Advocacy for Medically Complex Children in Foster Care, in The Medically Complex Child (Harwood Academic Publishers, 1991). string;#

Book Reviews

2010 Book Review, 31 J. Legal Med. 241 (2010), reviewing Samuel R. Bagenstos, Law and the Contradictions of the Disability Rights Movement(2009). string;#Click Here
2000 Book Review, 31 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 485 (2000), reviewing Aging, Rights, and Quality of Life: Prospects for Older People with Developmental Disabilities, (Stanley S. Herr and Germain Weber eds., 1999). string;#Click Here


1997 Comment on Andrew & Andrew, 21 J. of Rehabilitation Admin. 43 (1997). string;#
1993 Comments, 17 J. Rehabilitation Admin. 99 (Aug. 1993). string;#
1993 Comments, 17 J. Rehabilitation Admin. 107 (Aug. 1993). string;#
1993 Comments, 17 J. Rehabilitation Admin. 127 (Aug. 1993). string;#
1993 Comments, 17 J. Rehabilitation Admin. 135 (Aug. 1993). string;#
1989 The Burger Court, the Rehnquist Court, and the Civil Rights Cases of 1989, 5-7 DePaul L. Mag. (1989). string;#
1988 With Kathleen C. Yannias and Arturo Jauregui, Will My Disability Affect My Changes of Qualifying for Legislation, Booklet prepared for the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Inc. and the Mex. Amer. Defense & Educ. Fund. (1988). [Also available in Spanish language edition.] string;#
1985 Handicapped Children in the Classroom, YLS Journal May 1985 at 8-9. string;#