University of Michigan graduate Dan Matzkin ’06 recently prevailed over one hundred other applicants for a clerkship to a federal judge–a highly competitive position that only a few visually impaired people have ever held. At Wesleyan, he graduated with honors in the College of Letters, and wrote his thesis on “Sight and Foresight: Blindness in Classical Antiquity.”
It wasn’t until after legal secretary Nancy Cedeño sent a funny cartoon by email to attorney Dan Matzkin that she realized her mistake. Cedeño doesn’t think of Matzkin as blind, nor does anyone else at his office at Squire Sanders in Miami.
“From day one he’s always had a great sense of humor,” Cedeño said.
Blind since birth with a condition called Leber congenital amaurosis, Matzkin, 29, never let his disability stand in his way through undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University and law school at the University of Michigan, as a litigation associate at Squire Sanders and in applying for a clerkship with Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Image: from article, by J. Albert Diaz.
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