People to Know 2013: Daniel Kohrman
Dan Kohrman speaks for the most vulnerable among us. As senior attorney for AARP Foundation Litigation, he has practiced on behalf of seniors and those with disabilities, including diabetes. His experience spans from litigating on behalf of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to teaching aspiring attorneys at the George Washington University Law Center.
But more than that, Dan continues to fight for people with diabetes. He's argued Safe at School® cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on behalf of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). He drafted a lengthy appeal to the federal Department of Education for a Florida student with type 1. At the moment, he's co-counsel for three New Jersey bus drivers with type 2 in a discrimination case.
Dan is on the ADA's board of directors, he's served as chair and vice chair of the Association's Legal Advocacy Subcommittee, and he's trained nearly 200 legal advocates and more than 100 lay advocates to advance the interests of workers and students with diabetes in communities nationwide.
What motivates Dan? He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1988. Since then, he's been doing his part in and out of the courtroom—including at Tour de Cure® and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® as a Red Rider and Red Strider. Whether he's doing it for his day job or as a volunteer, Dan is a shining example for all of us on how to be an advocate.
Catherine Carver, MS, ANP, CDE, is vice president of advocacy and planning at Joslin Diabetes Center.