David Carlson

Adjunct Professor


David R. Carlson is the Associate Director of Legal Advocacy for Disability Rights Washington ("DRW"). As such, David helps fulfill DRW's federal mandate to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. David represents both classes and individual clients with developmental, mental, physical, and sensory disabilities with a wide variety of legal needs, including abuse and neglect, inadequate services in the community and institutions, discrimination, and violations of constitutional rights.

Additionally, he co-authored a report on the legal rights implicated by the hormone and surgical procedures used in the "Ashley Treatment" to keep a six year old girl from growing, which received the National TASC Advocacy Award in 2007. At Gonzaga University School of Law he was Editor-in-Chief of Gonzaga Law Review.

He is admitted to the bar in Washington, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington and Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.


Associate 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