When a dozen lawyers rose together to be sworn into the Supreme Court bar Tuesday morning, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made a sweeping motion with his hands.
It translated in American Sign Language to: “Your motion is granted.”
Roberts learned to sign the phrase just for that occasion, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.
That moving gesture alone made the admittance of 12 deaf lawyers to the highest court in the land historic. All were members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association and were from various parts of the country.