Professor Rebekah Diller, Clinical Professor of Law, co-directs the Bet Tzedek Civil Litigation Clinic, which advances the rights of older adults and persons with disabilities through litigation in both federal and state court as well as in administrative proceedings. The clinic’s work includes restoring the rights of people under guardianship, combating elder financial exploitation, challenging denials of public benefits, and advocating against disability-based discrimination. She previously launched and directed Cardozo’s Guardianship Clinic, which represented clients in all aspects of adult guardianship, with a focus on developing alternatives to guardianship.
Prior to joining Cardozo, Professor Diller was Deputy Director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, where she spearheaded research, advocacy and litigation to expand access to justice for low-income communities, co-taught the Brennan Center Public Policy Advocacy Clinic, and co-authored several reports on the growing use of fees and fines in the criminal legal system. Before that, she directed the Reproductive Rights Project at the New York Civil Liberties Union and was a staff attorney at Housing Works and Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens. Professor Diller has testified before committees in both houses of Congress. Her scholarship explores alternatives to guardianship, including supported decision-making, and access to justice. Diller is a magna cum laude graduate of NYU School of Law.