Friday, February 13, 2015

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard H. Bernstein

Justice Richard H. Bernstein
Michigan Supreme Court
PO Box 30052
Lansing, MI 48909

Dear Justice Bernstein,

My name is Matthew Winick with a strong interest in history and government. I enjoy studying these subjects because I want to learn the need to advance on improving Civil Rights to protect people who are different from discrimination, the need for government reform to reduce corruption with money in elections including government officials from lobbying groups, and a strong need to have checks and balances to protect people with civil liberties when reducing crime. Your story about working hard on overcoming your disability really moves me. Justice Bernstein, I find your work as an attorney at Law Office of Sam Bernstein helping people with disabilities’ rights and advocating for them to be really inspiring to me. I was amazed by your work to get accommodations to help people with disabilities who attend the game to watch at the stadiums by making parking, restrooms, seating, and food services accessible to help people with disabilities get access.  Another thing I was amazed was when you challenged the Oakland County due to it violating the Americans With Disability Act of 1990 and this resulted in having technology to assist pedestrians including people with disabilities to cross the street along it crossing the roundabout. Your work to help people with disabilities really moved me because I have Autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning new subjects, it takes me longer to work on assignments, and I get teased by other people. The Americans With Disability Act of 1990 changed my life by improving Civil Rights to help protect me from discrimination and for education I was able to get accommodations like extra time on exams, have a special education program to work with me on improving comprehension, have a tutor or T.A. work with me on subjects, and use a recorder to record lectures to help me improve on note-taking.  Even though the ADA helped benefit me I still have trouble with a disability. However, Justice Bernstein your work as an attorney and an activist for people with disabilities’ rights really inspire me to work hard on my disability and to feel proud to have an activist standing up for people’s rights including people with disabilities.

Justice Bernstein, I was proud to vote for you in the 2014 Michigan Supreme Court election. You ran a great campaign with positive ads, emphasize the need to expand rights for people who are different including people with disabilities, and express the need to reform the criminal justice system. You are a true inspiration to me and from a person with a disability with a strong interest in history I strongly believe that you really make a great difference for our state, Civil Rights, me, and many people who are different by supporting equal rights with supporting people with disabilities rights.  I want to say congrats on becoming the next Michigan Supreme Court Justice and I wish you well for the future.


Matthew B. Winick

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