Newsmaker: Da LeMon
Noteworthy: LaMon will give the keynote address at an 8 a.m. Oct. 24 breakfast at the Rivers Casino to commemorate Disabilities Awareness Month. The event is hosted by Life'sWork of Western Pennsylvania, which helps adults with disabilities become independent and productive. LaMon will speak about how blindness didn't stop him from a career in law.
Residence: Lancaster, Calif.
Education: Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Yale University in 1974; law degree from the University of Southern California in 1977. Occupation: Retired administrative judge; author and motivational speaker.
Background: LaMon began to lose his sight at the age of 4. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1978. He worked as an aide to a Los Angeles councilwoman, helmed the Disabled Resources Center, an independent living facility in Long Beach, Calif., and was appointed as an administrative judge hearing disability cases in 1981. He won the 1992 World Championship of Public Speaking from Toastmasters International.
Quote: “People who are disabled are people. That's why we focus on the word ‘people' and ‘disabled' second. They want to live meaningful lives and make meaningful contributions to society.”
— Carl Prine
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.