California Bar, Several Projects on Lawyers with Disabilities
Survey of Legal Professionals with Disabilities
In 2003, The California State Bar Committee on Lawyers with Disabilities undertook a survey of legal professionals in the state. One hundred and fifty attorneys responded to the survey. The results are reported online in the August 2004 edition of the California Bar Journal. The California Bar website is www.calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar
This State Bar Committee on Lawyers with Disabilities is also seeking to document failures to provide accommodations during the discovery process.
The rest of the Commissioner’s Letter
Here’s the rest of the Commissioner’s letter from the other day. I was startled to see the fact in the following:
The current schedule for ASL interpreters has deaf jurors scheduled one each Monday from now until January 31, 2005. We can only schedule one (deaf juror) per week as there are a limited number of ASL interpreters available to us and if a deaf juror were empanelled, the interpreters would have to serve that juror on a trial and wouldn’t be available throughout the week.
Sacramento County, CA Jury Commissioner Letter
I had told a friend of mine, another attorney who has a profound hearing loss but is not technically deaf, about my recent and ongoing experience with the Sacramento County call to juror service. She decided to send an inquiry to the Commissioner to see why deaf people have to go and show up in the jury waiting room rather than going online to see if their juror pool number or go on the telephone and see if the pool number gets called in.