Deputy Executive Director for Legal Services
David Hutt oversees the NDRN Legal Services Unit which works on numerous legal issues impacting the Protection and Advocacy System and the rights of persons with disabilities. Prior to his current role, David provided training and technical assistance on P&A access authority, standing, abuse and neglect investigations and monitoring, human trafficking, guardianship and supported decision making, and conducted the employment law training for the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security program. He was involved in international disability rights issues, especially around the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and led the development of NDRN reports for the National Council on Disability on the enforcement of disability rights law by federal agencies. He previously worked to create and manage the first iteration of the Representative Payee Review Project, and provided training and technical assistance on vocational rehabilitation law for the Client Assistance Program. David was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Central New York before joining NDRN, representing clients in employment discrimination, vocational rehabilitation, Medicaid, consumer debt, and accessibility cases. David earned a B.A. from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is licensed to practice law in New York State and the District of Columbia.