New Center Aims To Put Attys With Disabilities On The Bench

Law360, Los Angeles (November 5, 2018, 9:57 PM EST) -- Former U.S. Congressman Tony Coelho of California, the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, is a staunch Democrat who has long been troubled by the dearth of attorneys and judges with disabilities. In search of a solution, he drew inspiration from a surprising source: the conservative takeover of the courts.

Coelho admired the Reagan-era strategy of conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, which trained young people and focused their sights on the bench.

"I don't agree with them, but that's not the issue," he said. "I agree with how they did it —...

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