Thirteen deaf or hard-of-hearing attorneys will join the bar of the United States Supreme Court, Voice of America reports.
And while mobile phones are normally banned from the courtroom, these lawyers will be allowed to use their devices to read real-time transcriptions of the proceedings.
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association (DHHBA) says this will be the largest such group to be admitted to the Supreme Court bar at one time.
Anat Maytal, DHHBA's president and one of the attorneys being sworn in, said she believes there are fewer than 300 practicing deaf or hard-of-hearing attorneys in the United States, due to the difficulty of getting the necessary accommodations to attend law school, take a bar exam or work in a courthouse.
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