Jewish Bar honors a judicial champion


Pictured at the ceremony (l-r) were Joanna Abramson, Jordan Zuppke, Stan Bershad, Rachel Loebl, JBAM President Jonathan Schwartz, Justice Bernstein, Austin Hirschhorn, Shari Lesnick, Howard Lederman, Ellie Mosko, Frank Mamat, and Andrew Cohen.

The Jewish Bar Association of Michigan (JBAM) presented its inaugural Champion of Justice Award to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard H. Bernstein during a special ceremony Oct. 15 in Southfield. The award recognizes “the significant impact of a legal professional who has dedicated him/herself to the practice of law and improving the justice system, while exhibiting the highest level of professionalism and civility,” according to a spokesperson for JBAM. Justice Bernstein was elected to the Supreme Court in 2014, becoming the first blind jurist to earn a seat on the state’s highest court. Justice Bernstein was previously 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. Blind since birth, Justice Bernstein is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.