Law, Deaf People, and Sign Language

Currently, there are about 250 deaf lawyers in the United States.

Deaf attorneys sworn
Image source: Zainab Alkebsi Mansour shared via social media.

A historic moment was that a dozen of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing attorneys were being sworn into the Supreme Court Bar at the U.S. Supreme Court on April 19, 2016. Another best part was that Chief Justice Roberts learned how to sign "Your motion is granted" in ASL.

Famous cases

Eldridge Case (1997): In the Eldridge decision of 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada decided that British Columbia must provide sign language interpreters in hospitals as well as healthcare to Deaf people in order to comply with equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


Itkowitz, Colby. "Supreme Court Chief Justice learned sign language to swear in deaf lawyers." The Washington Post, April 19, 2016. Retrieved, April 21, 2016: tps:// supreme-court-chief-justice-learned-sign-language-to-swear-in-deaf-attorneys/

These are some ASL lessons, tutorials, and tips that ASL students and language enthusiasts can explore and learn some ASL on their own relaxing pace.

Seeking some challenges? Try some stories, fables, and others in ASL storytelling and poetry. Study a complex system of subtle eye gazes, role-shifting, classifiers, sentence structures, and other linguistic features as well as poetics.