Something’s Wrong Here…

A Justice Department job announcement seeks up to ten attorneys for the Civil Rights Division to serve as Trial Attorneys in the Voting Section. It also says…

The Civil Rights Division encourages qualified applicants with targeted disabilities to apply. Targeted disabilities are deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, convulsive disorder, mental retardation, mental illness, severe distortion of limbs and/or spine. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements and are able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation are encouraged to identify targeted disabilities in response to the questions in the Avue application system seeking that information.

Yes, it’s true: your government is looking for mentally retarded and mentally ill trial lawyers to work in the Justice Department.

What should we make of this? Has affirmative action now reached the point where mental illness or defect not only do not bar to legal work in government agencies, but are regarded as assets to it? Or are lawyers with menatl retardation already installed in important positions in the Justice Department, which would explain, for example, recent decisions regarding the trials of accused terrorists? Could it be that the government’s efforts to hire lawyers with disabilities are just a cruel sham, since the announcement cleverly injects the qualification of being “able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation”? Clever! Those  lawyers with brain function disabilities will never pick up on that. Still, this bait-and-switch suggests that the government’s supposed dedication to hiring the physically disabled is dishonest and deceitful, and that private industry is being urged to do something the government itself does not take seriously.

Perhaps the announcement’s meaning is more mundane, and merely shows that the same faceless bureaucrats  whom we are supposed to entrust with increasing influence over our lives, finances and future are in fact careless, cynical, and inattentive, failing to consider the obvious implications of what they publish, do or say. Perhaps it means that mentally ill or disabled government employees are already on the job, writing job announcements.

Whatever this means, something is definitely wrong.

But we already knew that.

[Thanks to the Volokh Conspiracy for the link.]

One thought on “Something’s Wrong Here…

  1. This is just great. First, how can lawyers with mental retardation pass a bar exam? I’d like to know which jurisdictions have bar exams which allow the mentally retarded to pass…

    Also, will the Justice Department have the mentally retarded or those with mental illness writing briefs for them? Sure would like to be on the other side! This reminds me of the paraplegics who sued because they didn’t qualify for active duty in the Fire Department!

    Come on. This is just ridiculous. Physical disabilities not a problem. But in an environment that requires/demands intellectual acuity, advertising for mental deficients is just nuts. Or perhaps there’s some other agenda here. Perhaps what they don’t say is that they need people to run copies, stuff envelopes, etc. Fine, but say so. But please, don’t make them file clerks…

    I don’t mean to sound elitist, but honestly, the Justice Department MUST be specific in its advertising. It says it “seeks ten attorneys” and then goes on to list the various disabilities they’re looking for… including mental illness or mental retardation. In this regime, I recommend that if you have a beef with the Feds, now is the time to take them to court!

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