In August 1999, a group of deaf and hard of hearing attorneys and law students from USA and Canada gathered together and created an email listserver named Surduslaw (‘Surdus’ is Latin for ‘deaf’). Since then, Surduslaw has grown to include 50 or more subscribers from at least 6 countries (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Holland, Australia, and Sweden).
Since the purpose of this email group is to provide an comfortable area where deaf and hard of hearing attorneys and law students can relax and put up their feet, topics on this list have ranged from sports to home improvement, from disability law to corporate law, from cochlear implants to movie theater accessibility, and much more.
Many “Surduslawyers” (as the subscribers to the Surduslaw group call themselves) consider the Surduslaw group a key in linking them on a daily basis to other deaf and hard of hearing attorneys and law students throughout the world. Emails (which can number over 60 in one day) are often humorous, always honest, and sometimes controversial.
Membership in the Surduslaw group is limited to deaf or hard of hearing attorneys who are or were members of a state bar (or its foreign equivalence), and to deaf or hard of hearing law students currently studying law or studying for the bar examination. Deaf or hard of hearing attorneys who no longer practice law are still welcome as a Surduslawyer.
If you meet the eligibility requirements above and would like to become a Surduslawyer, please send email to Josh Mendelsohn, Surduslaw moderator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include a brief explanation of where you work or study, where you went or are going to law school, and the state (or country) bar(s) of which you are a member.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you as a fellow Surduslawyer!