(WLNS) – Richard Bernstein has been preparing for weeks to become Michigan’s newest Supreme Court justice, even though he doesn’t take office until Thursday.
Since winning election in November, the 41-year-old Bernstein, who is blind, has been listening to an assistant who reads legal briefs aloud.
Bernstein then memorizes the key points in cases that will be argued Jan. 13.
Michigan has never had a blind judge in its highest court.
Justice Bridget McCormack says there’s a lot that her fellow justices can learn from him, especially in disability law.