Paul Grossman

Retired, Chief Regional Civil Rights Attorney
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights


Paul Grossman is a college drop-out who subsequently earned his JD, with highest honors at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Paul had similar academic success studying Philosophy of Law at Oxford University, England. Paul is currently a member of the California Bar.

For over 30 years, Paul served as the Chief Regional Attorney for the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in San Francisco. Paul has recently retired from 22 years of teaching Disability Law at Hasting College of Law, University of California. Paul is a much sought-after keynote speaker at education and law conferences, including NAADAC, AHEAD, Hastings College of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, Stanford and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Paul also regularly provides legal and best practice advice to universities including Stanford University and the California Community College System.

Through AHEAD and Carolina Academic Press, Paul publishes and annually updates, The Law of Disability Discrimination for Higher Education Professionals

Paul is an individual with multiple disabilities including dyslexia, diabetes, and stage one cancer. These disabilities, Paul’s teaching experiences during which he developed a robust set of “universal design” practices, and his participation in the unfolding intersectional civil rights in America enable to him to provide every audience with unique insights into the opportunities presented for teaching and retaining to graduation all students when educating students with disabilities in America’s universities.