Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc.
Elaine Roberts is currently the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc.(DRC), a 501c(3) organization which provides alternative dispute resolution services and training to residents of Montgomery and surrounding counties in Texas. The DRC provides mediation services for a variety of disputes including disability related issues such as employment, education and access disputes. Elaine received her law degree from the University of Houston Law School and has over 20 years of experience as an attorney and mediator of disability related disputes in the private, public and non-profit settings. She was one of the attorneys in the Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line case (Title III cruise line case), is a former managing attorney and legal director for the Texas P&A and served as the Division Manager for the Houston Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. She has previously represented individuals with disabilities who were excluded from Title II or Title III facilities due to the need for service animal assistance in administrative proceedings and mediations. Elaine is a former adjunct professor of disability law at the University of Houston Law Center and instructor on disability access issues for the Texas Municipal Courts Center. She also received the 2013 HPD Neighborhood Hero Award for her assistance in providing visual fire alarms to 1,000 families of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Elaine is also an active member of the State Bar of Texas Disability Issues Committee where she chairs the Communication Access Subcommittee and is on the Homeless and Veterans Issues Subcommittees. She was the Disability Issues Committee liaison for the Boots Law video regarding service animal law in Texas and has assisted in training police officers in the amendments to Chapter 121 of the Texas Human Resources Code dealing with service animals.