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Alex Hurder

Clinical Professor of Law

Alex Hurder is an expert on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has written extensively on legal counseling, problem-solving legal negotiation, and disability law. He and his students represent clients in special education cases and Social Security disability appeals. He joined the law faculty and Legal Clinic in 1993 after practicing at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and Memphis Area Legal Services. In addition to supervising students in the live-client clinic, Professor Hurder teaches Legal Interviewing and Counseling and has taught Public Education Law. From 2010 to 2016, he served on the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, the ABA entity charged with initiating efforts to protect and advance human rights, civil liberties and social justice. He chaired the ABA's Commission Disability Rights from 2007 to 2010.

Research Interests

Lawyer-client relationship, legal negotiation, disability law


Representative Publications

  • "Left Behind with No 'IDEA': Children with Disabilities without Means," 34 Boston College Journal of Law & Social Justice 283 (2014)
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  • Clinical Anthology: Readings For Live-Client Clinics (2d, 2011) (lead editor and contributor, co-edited with F. Bloch, S. Brooks & S. Kay)
  • "Discovering Agreement: Setting Procedural Goals in Legal Negotiation," 56 Loyola Law Review 591 (2010).
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  • "Taking a Stand," in Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education (2009) (Mildred Wigfall Robinson & Richard J. Bonnie, eds.)
  • "The Lawyer's Dilemma: To Be or Not To Be a Problem-Solving Negotiator," 14 Clinical Law Review 253(2007)
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  • "ABA Urges Equal Access to Courts for Individuals with Disabilities," 26 Mental & Physical Disability Law Reporter 772 (2002)
  • "The Pursuit of Justice: New Directions in Scholarship about the Practice of Law," 52 Journal of Legal Education 167 (2002)
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  • "Nonlawyer Legal Assistance and Access to Justice," 67 Fordham Law Review 2241 (1999)
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  • "The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Right to Learn," 24 Human Rights 16 (1997)
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  • "Negotiating the Lawyer-Client Relationship: A Search For Equality and Collaboration," 44 Buffalo Law Review 71 (1996)
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