National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
JAN C. COSTELLO, J.D.
Jan Costello is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. She teaches, lectures, writes, and consults in the areas of children and the law, mental disability law, and family law. A member of the faculty since 1983, she has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and helped develop Loyola’s programs in public interest, academic support, and disability law. Prof. Costello received her B.A. and M.A in American Studies, and her J.D. from Yale University. Before joining the Loyola faculty, she practiced public interest law with the Mental Patients Advocacy Project (now Center for Public Representation) in Northampton, Massachusetts and with the Youth Law Center in San Francisco, California. She is former Chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Legal Rights of Disabled Persons, and Chair of the Law & Mental Disability Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). She served as a board member of Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS), and the Disability Rights Legal Center (formerly Western Law Center for Disability Rights) associated with Loyola Law School, and as a faculty member of the UCLA Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. She is actively involved with state and national organizations dedicated to protection of the rights of children and persons with disabilities. Professor Costello's first of many presentations at NARPA took place in 1984.