Ira Burnim

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law


Ira A. Burnim is the legal director of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. He has represented thousands of adults and children with mental disorders in class action suits around the nation, and defended the Americans with Disabilities Act in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Featured Work

MAY 6, 2001 Article

Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005): Series 2, No. 6 (Spring/Summer 2001): Rights and the Struggle for Health: Online Exclusive: Protecting the Mentally Disabled

Albania's treatment of the mentally disabled needs improvement. Harvey Weinstein, Ira Burnim, and Robert Okin tell how a human rights framework can help.