In 2014, this Michigan attorney began serving on his state's Supreme Court. Afflicted from birth with a vision-affecting medical condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, he is well known for his advocacy of the blind and visually impaired.
He graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan and subsequently earned his law degree from Northwestern University. Before becoming a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, he launched an unsuccessful Democratic primary campaign for the office of Michigan Attorney General.
He was able to enter law school only because he challenged the Law School Admissions Council to change the requirements of its universal admissions test (the LSAT) to make the exam less discriminatory against blind people.
He and his siblings, Beth and Mark, were raised in Detroit, Michigan.
Bernstein and former Michigan Governor G. Mennen Williams both served on the Michigan Supreme Court.