Franklin K. Wyman, Attorney at Law

Franklin K. Wyman is a dedicated attorney with a commitment to legal services that began 30 years ago. He has shown this dedication as an attorney and as a scholar, educator, author and advocate in the disability field.


B.A., History, Yale University, 1978.

J.D., George Washington University, 1981.

LL.M. in Taxation, New York University, 1982.

M.A., Modern History and Literature (concentrating is disability studies), Drew University, 2001.

M. Phil, Modern History, and Literature (concentrating in disability studies), Drew University, 2006. Distinction in Comprehensive Examinations, including disability history and disability studies.

Ph.D., Modern History and Literature (concentrating in disability studies), Drew University, 2009. Dissertation on Intellectual History of Blindness won the Neil Reimer Prize for excellence in research and writing in the fields of political philosophy and ethics.

Legal Practice:

Representation of individuals with disabilities and their families in planning (including special needs trusts), as well as investigation and litigation concerning financial fraud against individuals with disabilities and their families. Guardianship, estate planning, real estate and business matters and tax advice.


Community Health Law Project, South Orange, NJ: June 1995-Present. Statewide Legal Services and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. Member: Board of Board of Trustees and Budget Committee.

Society for Disability Studies: International Academic group in Disability Studies.

Member: Board of Directors and Ad –Hoc Committee on By-Laws Revision, February 2008-June 2014 (term expired).

Treasurer: June 2008-June 2011.

Vice-President: June, 2012-June 2013.

Chair, Committee on Finance and Fundraising: June 2011-June 2012, June 2013-June 2014.

Disability Studies Quarterly: September 2013-Present.

Member: Editorial Board. Primarily responsible for review of articles related to disability history.


Designed and taught courses in Disability History, Disability Law and Policy, Disability Narratives, Disability and the Humanities, Disability, Evolution, Eugenics and Genomics at Drew University and City University of New York, 2009-Present.

Publications and Presentations:

Numerous articles, book reviews and academic conference presentations on disability issues.