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William Mitchell Law Review

Publication Information

30 William Mitchell Law Review 455 (2003-2004)

Abstract

Today, the judicial system, broadly viewed to include bench and bar, jurors, and court personnel, includes more persons of color and more women than ever before. Issues of discrimination on the basis of race and gender continue, but progress has been made. However, few persons with evident disabilities practice law or sit on the bench. Perhaps that is why the very presence of a man with serious disabilities prompts concerns about the effect that he will have, just being there, on the outcome of a case. When more persons with evident disabilities, more persons who use wheelchairs or have personal care attendants or make notes in braille, are present in courthouses, practice law, or decide cases, these concerns regarding the impact of a particular courtroom employee should be alleviated. If more persons with disabilities were seen practicing law or deciding cases, it is also probable that more consideration would be given by the courts and by attorneys to the effect that misguided advocacy may have on persons with disabilities.