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June 13, 2024

Pursuing Justice and Embracing Challenges: Judge David S. Tatel’s Journey

In this webinar, Judge David S. Tatel reflects – as chronicled in his memoir Vision: A Memoir of Blindness and Justice – on his journey in pursuit of justice from a curious student to a passionate civil rights lawyer to a seasoned federal judge who served 30 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as well as his more private journey from denial to acceptance of his blindness. Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, moderates the discussion. Judge Tatel shares his insights about the role of attorneys and judges to protect and defend justice for all; the future of democracy and the planet; the importance of civic engagement to meet the challenges facing our country; and the current U.S. Supreme Court.

The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for watching.


  • Hon. Julian Mann III – Chair, ABA Judicial Division; Former Chief Administrative Law Judge, State of North Carolina



Jointly Sponsored by the ABA Commission on Disability Rights

Co-Sponsor: ABA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Center, ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice,ABA Young Lawyers Division


Vision: A Memoir of Blindness and Justice | By Judge David S. Tatel

Retired D.C. Circuit judge talks about his memoir on navigating a legal career through blindness | The ABA Journal

Lessons from Judge David Tatel’s Guide Dog on Blindness and Vision | The New York Times

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