We're Friends, But Not for the Reason You Think: A Conversation with Jason Harris and Justice Richard Bernstein

07 Sep 2015 by Jason's Connection
Justice Richard Bernstein and Jason Harris

Recently Jason’s Connection’s Content Director, Ericka McIntyre, sat down with Jason’s Connection’s Founder, Jason Harris, and his friend, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.

In this interesting and entertaining conversation, Mr. Harris and Justice Bernstein discuss their friendship, their challenges, and their successes.


Justice Richard Bernstein

Justice Richard Bernstein became the first blind justice elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2014. With a commitment to justice and fairness, Bernstein began his 8-year term in January 2015. Prior to being elected to Michigan’s highest court, Justice Bernstein was known as a tireless advocate for disabled rights as an attorney heading the public service division for The Sam Bernstein Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Blind since birth, Justice Bernstein is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his juris doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law.

Jason Harris

Founder of Jason’s Connection – an online resource for those with disabilities, mental health, aging and other needs. Jason was awarded an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education and Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies from Syracuse University.  Jason is also a Project Coordinator and Research Associate at the Burton Blatt Institute, an international think tank for Disability Rights and Human Justice at Syracuse University.  He regularly contributes to the blog in his own series called Jason’s View and travels the country consulting and speaking about disability issues and rights. To read more from Jason Harris, read Jason's View