Inspiring Federal Judge with MS Opens Doors for Young Attorneys and Others

you can accomplish a lot. Adapt and carry on.”  Those are the watchwords of Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ronald M. Gould, whose chambers are in the William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse in Seattle.

The good folks at administrative offices of the U.S. Courts have passed along the following great profile of Judge Gould:

Although he has multiple sclerosis, Judge Gould does not let it dampen his passion for justice or keep him from opening doors for others.  He focuses on strengths that transcend his wheelchair confinement  and gives young lawyers and others the opportunity to move beyond their limits.  In this three-minute video profile, Judge Gould inspires anyone faced with a stumbling block on the way to achieving their goals.  Gould is a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  


More about Judge Gould

Seattle-Area Community Service

  • Bellevue College/Bellevue Community College —      Former Member and Chair of Board of Trustees.
  • Metrocenter YMCA — Former Board member.
  • Washington State Bar Association — Former President     

About the Video
Judge Gould is featured  in Pathways to the Bench , a timeless video series of first-person profiles of federal judges who have not let adversity prevent them from serving on the bench. Their relatable stories are meaningful to anyone working toward a goal despite disadvantages, struggles, and setbacks.  In these three-minute videos, produced by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington, D.C., federal judges from across the nation focus on lessons they have learned from facing personal challenges.  Their motivational — and universal — messages center on pivotal experiences in their lives that illustrate a central theme important to their success.  The videos are posted on YouTube at .

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