Kirk Lowry is the Legal Director of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project (CLRP). CLRP was created by a federal court order as a remedy to the systemic denial of access to the courts by people who are psychiatric inpatients in state hospitals.
CLRP routinely represents clients responding to involuntary medication applications. Additional areas of focus are clients' rights to discharge to the most integrated setting, conservatorship defense, informed consent and civil commitment issues.
Mr. Lowry has practiced law for 26 years, 12 years in private practice and 13 years in legal services and protection and advocacy; he has been with CLRP for the last five years. He is a past president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association. From 2004 to 2008, he was the legal director of the Disability Rights Center of Kansas. **From 2000 to 2003 he was an attorney at an independent living resource center. While in private practice, a significant amount of his work involved employmen cases. In 1999 he represented Vaughn Murphy, whose case was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in Murphy vs. U.P.S., 527 U.S. 516 (1999).