NEAL & ENG ATTORNEYS AT LAW 1361 PEARL STREET EUGENE, OREGON 97401 (503) 484-7311 August 5, 1992

Office on the Americans With Disabilities Act Civil Rights Division U. S. Department of Justice P. O. Box 66118 Washington, D.C. 20035-6118 Re: Compliance with ADA at 1361 Pearl Street Eugene, Oregon DAN E. NEAL FERN ENG

To Whom It May Concern: I understand that your office is available to provide technical assistance and advice on compliance with the ADA. In reviewing the ADA, I believe that our law office is in compliance but I would be most grateful if you would review the situation, as I outline it in this letter, and provide me with your comments. Our law office normally employs three individuals for staff support in addition to serving as the office for four attorneys. The office is the sole occupant of a two story building with approximately 2000 square feet. Two of the attorney's offices are located on the second floor which is accessible by a staircase. The office has one doorway which is open to the public. Entrance to the doorway requires one to climb two steps. I believe that the width of the doorway is less than would be required in new construction. The building itself is nearly 100 years old and is of a somewhat Victorian style. I have been contacted by the local government's Historic Review Board on several occasions about the possibility of having the property formally listed as a historic structure, but thus far, I have been reluctant to ask for the property to be so listed. However, I am quite sensitive about preserving the building. Such structures are rare in Eugene and I believe that it is of value to the community at large to preserve historic structures such as this office. Our office engages in the private practice of law. In addition, we offer services as court appointed counsel for qualified members of the public. The City of Eugene provides an

office at City Hall where we can perform public defender services. This alternative location is in full compliance with the ADA, as I understand it. My review of the Act leads me to conclude that we are under no obligation to modify our telephone system (i.e., because there are no pay phones in our building, TDD's aren't required, correct?), install a handicap access ramp, modify our bathroom or widen any Office on the Americans With Disabilities Act August 5, 1992 Page 2 doorways. In addition, I understand that we are under no obligation to undertake any other revisions. If you believe that this conclusion may be incorrect, please let me know as soon as possible. Please feel free to call and you certainly may call collect if you wish. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Dan E. Neal DEN:pap 01-01517