David Carlson

Adjunct Professor


Director of Legal Advocacy
Disability Rights Washington
315 - 5th Ave South, Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 324.1521
E-mail: DavidC@dr-wa.org


B.A., cum laude, Eastern Washington University, 1999
J.D., cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2004, editor-in-chief, Gonzaga Law Review


Disability Law


David Carlson represents people with disabilities to protect a wide variety of legal rights. As the Director of Legal Services for Disability Rights Washington, the non-profit designated by the governor to serve as the protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Washington, David supervises the delivery of legal services to people with disabilities across the state. This includes systemic impact litigation, monitoring facilities that serve people with disabilities, investigating abuse and neglect, and technical assistance services designed to help each individual who contacts DRW become a more effective advocate for him or herself. David's advocacy has received national awards, both for his work addressing the intersection of bioethics and the rights of people with disabilities and as class counsel in a class action reforming Washington's mental health system for low income youth. David graduated Cum Laude from Gonzaga University School of Law where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Gonzaga Law Review.