State Complaint Basics
State Complaints for Systemic Advocacy
on Behalf of Students
Jim Comstock-Galagan, Esq.
Jim Comstock-Galagan is Executive
Director of the Southern Disability Law Center
in June 2001
by Comstock-Galagan, the SDLC is a non-profit corporation
founded to protect and advance the legal rights of
people with disabilities throughout the South. SDLC
partners with Protection and Advocacy (P&A) systems,
Legal Service Corporation (LSC) programs, the Southern
Poverty Law Center and disability organizations in
the Southern United States on major disability rights
issues and cases.
has 31 years of legal experience, including 20
years of P&A work. From 1981 - 1989,
he worked for the Louisiana P&A program, initially
as a staff attorney and later as Director of Legal
Services. From 1989-2001 he served as the Executive
Director of Advocacy, Inc. the Texas P&A program.
He has extensive litigation experience in IDEA, ADA,
Section 504 of the Rehab Act and Juvenile Justice issues.
He also has significant legislative advocacy experience.
The past several years he has partnered with the Southern
Poverty Law Center in filing and pursuing several systemic
State Complaints in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.
All four of the complaints pursued in Louisiana have
resulted in systemic Settlement Agreements. Three of
these agreements require the implementation of district-wide
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