February 02, 2010

Oh wait -- can I say this is insane??

You know we're dealing with a "progressive" administration when we see stuff like this in a job posting for a lawyer at the Dept. of Justice:

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division is seeking up to 10 experienced attorneys for the position of Trial Attorney in the Voting Section in Washington, D.C. The Civil Rights Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in voting, education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Voting Section enforces federal statutes designed to safeguard the right to vote. These statutes include the Voting Rights Act, as amended; the National Voter Registration Act; the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act; and the Help America Vote Act.

Trial attorneys are responsible for conducting investigations, litigation, and other activities addressing all aspects of the Voting Section's enforcement duties. These positions may require extended hours and some positions may involve significant travel.

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.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer, and encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination for or against an applicant because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities.

OK, now while I certainly understand that "mental illness" is a broadly defined attribute (depression, for instance, is classified as a mental illness, and surely a person can be a damn good attorney whilst taking Prozac or some other anti-depressant), WTF is the deal with "encouraging 'qualified' applicants" who are ... mentally retarded?? (I believe there are degrees are retardation; however, the very term itself denotes an intellectual disability! How does one get through law school with such?) Even if there actually are practicing, qualified attorneys out there who are mentally retarded, why encourage them to apply?

Pardon the "insensitive" slap, but it's kind of ironic that this advertised position deals with voting rights, because based on how the DOJ has handled instances like the New Black Panther intimidation case in Philly, it seems the dept. already has a few of these desired applicants on the payroll.

Posted by Hube at February 2, 2010 07:34 PM | TrackBack

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See? Rahm Emanuel was just shouting words of encouragement to the aspiring trial lawyers in that closed-door White House strategy meeting.

Posted by: Matthew K. Tabor at February 2, 2010 07:59 PM

How do you think Holder got to be AG? And it would certainly explain how the Justice Department decision was made to drop the charges against the Black panthers after their conviction.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at February 2, 2010 11:06 PM

It's probably just some standard paragraph they copy-paste into every job posting.

Posted by: Nels at February 3, 2010 04:07 AM

You're pretty sharp, Nels.

Posted by: Matthew K. Tabor at February 3, 2010 03:51 PM