Peter David Blanck

Petr Blanck

Position: 

Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Peter David Blanck was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1990 to 1993, and was a full Professor of Law from 1993 until 2006. While at the University of Iowa, Professor Blanck was also the Kierscht Professor of Law from 2002 until 2006, and the director of the Law, Health Policy & Disability Center from 2000 to 2006. Professor Blanck is Honorary Professor, Centre for Disability Law & Policy, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Professor Blanck received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester, a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

Professor Blanck has written articles and books on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws, and received grants to study disability law and policy.

Professor Blanck is Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), and President of Raising the Floor (RtF) USA. He is a former member of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, a former trustee of YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network, a former Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program, a former Fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, and has been a Mary Switzer Scholar. Prior to teaching, Professor Blanck practiced law at the Washington D.C. firm Covington & Burling, and served as law clerk to the late Honorable Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Publications

Books

Peter David Blanck. Disability Rights. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub., 2005.
Peter David Blanck. Employment, Disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Issues in Law, Public Policy, and Research. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2000.
Peter David Blanck, with Alan Jeffrey Tomkins. Employment Discrimination. New York: Wiley, 1999.
Peter David Blanck, with David L. Braddock. The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Emerging Workforce: Employment of People with Mental Retardation. Washington, DC: American Association on Mental Retardation, 1998.
Peter David Blanck. Communicating the Americans with Disabilities Act: Transcending Compliance: A Case Report on Sears, Roebuck and Co. Washington, DC: Annenberg Washington Program, Communications Policy Studies, Northwestern University, 1994.
Peter David Blanck. Interpersonal Expectations: Theory, Research, and Applications. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Peter David Blanck, with Leigh B. Bienen and Kristi Kirschner. Socially-Assisted Dying: Media, Money & Meaning. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Book Chapters

Peter David Blanck, with Helen A. Schartz, “Studying the Emerging Workforce,” in The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: Different but Equal, Stanley S. Herr, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Harold Hongju Koh, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Peter David Blanck, with Helen A. Schartz, “Toward Researching a National Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities,” in Emerging Workforce Issues: W.I.A., Ticket to Work, and Partnerships. A Report on the Mary E. Switzer Memorial Seminar, L. Robert McConnell, ed. Alexandria, VA: National Rehabilitation Association, 2001.
Peter David Blanck, with Michael Millender, “Before Disability Civil Rights: Civil War Pensions and the Politics of Disability in America,” in Symposium: The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Ten-Year Retrospective. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama School of Law, 2000.
Peter David Blanck, “Studying Disability, Employment Policy and the ADA,” in Americans with Disabilities: Exploring Implications of the Law for Individuals and Institutions, Leslie Pickering Francis & Anita Silvers, eds. New York: Routledge, 2000.
Peter David Blanck, with Corinne R. Butkowski, “Pregnancy-Related Impairments and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” in Cancer Complicating Pregnancy, Joel I. Sorosky, ed. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders, 1998.
Peter David Blanck, with Heidi M. Berven, “The Economics of the Americans with Disabilities Act Part II: Patents and Innovations in Assistive Technology,” in Symposium on Legal Issues in the Workplace. Notre Dame, IN: Thomas J. White Center on Law & Government, Notre Dame Law School, 1998.
Peter David Blanck, et al., “Scientific Rewards and Conflicts of Ethical Choices in Human Subjects Research,” in Methodological Issues & Strategies in Clinical Research. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 1998.
Peter David Blanck, “Assessing Employment Integration under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” in The Continuing Struggle: Civil Rights and the Clinton Administration, Corrine M. Yu and William L. Taylor, eds. Washington, DC: The Commission on Civil Rights, 1997.
Peter David Blanck, with Mollie Weighner Marti, “Genetic Discrimination and the Employment Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Emerging Legal, Empirical, and Policy Implications,” in Biomedical Innovation. Chichester, West Sussex, England: Wiley, 1996.
Peter David Blanck, “Empirical Study of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” in Persons with Disabilities. Chichester, West Sussex, England: Wiley, 1996.
Peter David Blanck, with Robert Rosenthal and LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, “The Appearance of Justice: Judges’ Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior in Criminal Jury Trials,” in Instructions, Verdicts, and Judicial Behavior, Robert M. Krivoshey, ed. New York: Garland Pub. 1994.
Peter David Blanck, “Reflections on the Law and Ethics of the Human Genome Project,” in Genes and Human Self-Knowledge: Historical and Philosophical Reflections On Modern Genetics, edited by Robet F. Weir, Susan C. Lawrence, and Evan Fales, Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1994.
Peter David Blanck, “Calibrating the Scales of Justice: Studying Judges’ Behavior in Bench Trials,” in Improving Communications in the Courtroom, Northwestern University, ed. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Law, 1993.
Peter David Blanck, "Interpersonal Expectations in the Courtroom: Studying Judges’ and Juries’ Behavior," in Interpersonal Expectations: Theory, Research, and Applications, edited by Peter David Blanck. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Peter David Blanck, "Nonverbal Behavior in the Courtroom," with Robert Rosenthal, in Applications of Nonverbal Behavioral Theories and Research, edited by Robert S. Feldman. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Press, 1992.
Peter David Blanck, “What Empirical Research Tells Us: Studying Judges’ and Juries’ Behavior,” in Symposium Issue on the Selection and Function of the Modern Jury Proceedings. Washington, DC: Washington College of Law, the American University, 1991.

Articles

Peter David Blanck, “Before Disability Civil Rights: Civil War Pensions and the Politics of Disability in America,” with Michael Millender, 52 Alabama Law Review 1 (2000 - 2001).
Peter David Blanck, “The Economics of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Part III: Does the ADA Disable the Disabled?” with Susan Schwochau, 21 Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 271 (2000).
Peter David Blanck, “ADA Title III and the Internet: Technology and Civil Rights,” with Leonard A. Sandler, 24 Mental & Physical Disability Law. Report 855 (2000).
Peter David Blanck, “The Emerging Workforce of Entrepreneurs with Disabilities: Preliminary Study of Entrepreneurship in Iowa,” with Leonard A. Sandler and James L. Schmeling, 85 Iowa Law Review 1583 (1999 - 2000).
Peter David Blanck, “Civil Rights, Learning Disability, and Academic Standards,” 2 Journal of Gender Race & Justice 33 (1998 -1999).
Peter David Blanck, “Implementing Reasonable Accommodations Using ADR under the ADA: A Case of a White-Collar Employee with Bipolar Mental Illness,” with Jill H. Andersen, Eric J. Wallach, and James P. Tenney, 2 Best ABA Section: General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section 34 (1998).
Peter David Blanck, “The Economics of the Americans with Disabilities Act Part II – Patents and Innovations in Assistive Technology,” with Heidi M. Berven,12 Notre Dame Journal of Ethics & Public Policy 9 (1998).
Peter David Blanck, “Students with Learning Disabilities, Reasonable Accommodations, and the Rights of Colleges and Universities to Establish and Enforce Academic Standards: Guckenberger v. Boston University,” 21 Mental and Physical Disability Law Report 679 (1997).
Peter David Blanck, “Attitudes, Behavior and the Employment Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” with Mollie Weighner Marti, 42 Villanova Law Review 345 (1997).
Peter David Blanck, “The Appearance of Justice Revisited,” 86 Journal of Crime Law & Criminology 887 (1995 - 1996).
Peter David Blanck, “Transcending Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Case Report on Sears, Roebuck and Co.,” 20 Mental & Physical Disability Law Report 278 (1996).
Peter David Blanck, “The Economics of the Employment Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Part 1 - Workplace Accommodations,” 46 DePaul Law Review 877 (1996 - 1997).
Peter David Blanck, “Assessing Five Years of Employment Integration and Economic Opportunity under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” 19 Mental & Physical Disability Law Report 384 (1995).
Peter David Blanck, “Celebrating Communications Technology for Everyone,” 47 Federal Communications Law Journal 185 (1994 - 1995).
Peter David Blanck, “Implementing Reasonable Accommodations Using ADR under the ADA: A Case of a White-Collar Employee with Bipolar Mental Illness,” with Jill H. Andersen, Eric J. Wallach, and James P. Tenney, 18 Mental & Physical Disability Law Reporter 458 (1994).
Peter David Blanck, “Employment Integration, Economic Opportunity and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Empirical Study from 1990 to 1993,” 79 Iowa Law Review 853 (1994)
Peter David Blanck, “Science and Ethics in Conducting, Analyzing, and Reporting Social Science Research: Implications for Social Scientists, Judges, and Lawyers,” with Robert Rosenthal, 68 Indiana Law Journal 1209 (1993).
Peter David Blanck, “Calibrating the Scales of Justice: Studying Judges' Behavior in Bench Trials,” 68 Indiana Law Journal 1119 (1993).
Peter David Blanck, “Welcoming Remarks and Statement of the Issues,” with Newton N. Minow, 68 Indiana Law Journal 1033 (1992-1993).
Peter David Blanck, “Justice Improved: The Unrecognized Benefits of Aggregation and Sampling in the Trial of Mass Torts,” with Michael J. Saks, 44 Stanford Law Review 815 (1991-1992).
Peter David Blanck, “Empirical Study of the Employment Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Methods, Preliminary Findings, and Implications,” 22 New Mexico Law Review 119 (1992).
Peter David Blanck, “On Integrating Persons with Mental Retardation: The ABA and ADR,” 22 New Mexico Law Review 259 (1992).
Peter David Blanck, “Emerging Work Force: Empirical Study of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” 16 Journal of Corporation Law 693 (1990-1991).
Peter David Blanck, “What Empirical Research Tells Us: Studying Judges’ and Juries’ Behavior,” 40 American University Law Review 775 (1990-1991).

Reports

Peter David Blanck, with Patrick L. Steele. The Emerging Role of the Staffing Industry in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities: A Case Report on Manpower, Inc. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa College of Law, 1998.
Peter David Blanck, Communicating the Americans with Disabilities Act: Transcending Compliance, 1996 Follow-Up Report on Sears, Roebuck and Co. Washington DC: Annenberg Washington Program, 1996.
Peter David Blanck, Disaster Mitigation for Persons with Disabilities: Fostering a New Dialogue. Washington, DC: Annenberg Washington Program, Communications Policy Studies, Northwestern University, 1995.
Peter David Blanck, with Fred H. Cate and Gregory Makoul, Communications in Medicine: The Annenberg Washington Program and a Decade of Making a Difference. Washington, DC: Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University, 1995.
Peter David Blanck, Report on the Adequacy of the System at the Department of Juvenile Justice, South Carolina: To Identify, Evaluate, Serve, and Monitor the Needs of Individuals with Disabilities. Washington, DC: Annenberg Washington Program, 1994.
Peter David Blanck, Calibrating the Scales of Justice: Studying Judges’ Behaviour in Bench Trials. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Law, 1993.
Peter David Blanck, The Americans with Disabilities Act: Putting the Employment Provisions to Work: A White Paper of the Annenberg Washington Program. Washington, DC: Annenberg Washington Program, Communications Policy Studies, Northwestern University, 1993.

Presentations

Peter David Blanck, with Martha Chamallas and Jay M. Rector, Iowa Law School Continuing Legal Education Presents Employee Rights and Benefits. Iowa City, IA: The University of Iowa College of Law, 1992.