Robert L. Hernandez, J.D.

Robert L. Hernandez is a Staff Attorney for Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (MHLAC), where he engages in systemic litigation and education advancing the rights of persons with mental disabilities. He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Princeton University. Before joining MHLAC he was a private practitioner for almost 35 years, concentrating in civil rights and employment law litigation. He has taught at Boston University School of Law, College of the Holy Cross and Tufts University Experimental College. He was a founder and former President of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys and is a former President of the New England Region of the Hispanic Bar Association. He is a former chair of the Massachusetts Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Civil Rights Section. Among his significant cases is Wynne v. Tufts University School of Medicine, 932, F.2d 19 (1st Cir. 1991)(en banc), which set the standard for evaluating §504 discrimination claim of a dyslexic student relative to medical school standardized testing, providing a basis for eventual accommodations on College Boards for learning disabled students and for recognizing educational institutions’ duty to accommodate learning disabilities in testing. He has written and presented on such topics as disability rights, race-based discrimination, undocumented migration and ICE misconduct.