2015 : Richard Bernstein Sworn In as Michigan’s First Blind Supreme Court Justice

January 1, 2023 all-day

Photo of Justice Richard Bernstein, courtesy of Michigan Courts

Richard Bernstein made history on New Year’s Day when he was sworn in as the Michigan Supreme Court’s first blind justice during a chilly inauguration ceremony at the Capitol.

The 41-year-old disability rights attorney and Birmingham resident said he’s spent six weeks catching up on the 10 cases scheduled for oral arguments in January and will start work at 9 a.m. Friday.

Bernstein said after the ceremony that he hopes his election to an 8-year term on the High Court might encourage employers to consider hiring applicants with a disability.

For the full article, see Dustin Blitchok, “Richard Bernstein sworn in as Michigan’s first blind Supreme Court justice”, Macomb Daily News, January 1, 2015.

Justice Richard Bernstein entry from Michigan Courts.

Richard Bernstein wikipedia entry

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