A graduate of Seattle University with a master's degree and a law degree, Jon Schorsch spent many years with the Port of Seattle Police Department, serving as a sergeant and leading marine operations for boat and dive missions. Jon Schorsch now serves the National Federation of the Blind as a self-defense instructor.
Empowering people with visual impairments, the National Federation of the Blind operates under the leadership of individuals with vision loss. Through personal experience, the organization's leaders support others who have lost their vision and assist them in achieving their goals.
The National Federation of the Blind has advocated at a federal level for legislation to support people with vision loss. Recently, the organization announced success on this front after six years of effort.
On June 28, 2018, the blog of the National Federation of the Blind featured a post on the United States Senate's consent to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. Approval of the new legislation requires modifications to current US copyright law to allow people with vision impairments to have access to printed works
A former police sergeant, Jon Schorsch spent more than a decade with the Port of Seattle Police Department before he earned a juris doctor at the Seattle University School of Law. An active member of the community, Jon Schorsch has volunteered with numerous nonprofit organizations and currently serves as a deacon at Mill Creek Community Church.
Located in the Seattle suburb of Mill Creek, the Mill Creek Community Church has been teaching Christ’s gospel of reconciliation through an inclusive community since 1989. Since its humble beginnings in a rented office space, the church has expanded and evolved into a prominent congregation that offers a range of worship, community, and ministry services.
Among the church's programs is a local chapter of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), a ministry that brings together mothers of young children for support and encouragement. The MOPS group meets twice a month at the church for coffee, tea, and community activities. Childcare is provided.
After more than 14 years of work in law enforcement and management, Jon Schorsch went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration and a juris doctor from Seattle University. In addition to his academic and professional achievements, Jon Schorsch is active in numerous organizations that advocate for people with impaired vision, including Sight Connection in Seattle, Washington.
Founded in 1965 as Community Services for the Blind, Sight Connection is a leading private vision rehabilitation agency committed to helping people with vision loss enjoy an active and independent lifestyle. In addition to a low vision clinic, the organization offers independent living training programs, counseling and education services, and support for people who rely on assistive technology.
In cooperation with the Seattle Art Museum, Sight Connection offers "Art Beyond Sight" tours of the museum’s collections to people with vision loss. Docents, specially trained to make artwork come alive for people with vision impairments, lead participants on an examination of portions of the museum’s collection.
Docents describe the physical attributes of each piece of artwork, such as its size, colors, and objects featured in the work. The guides use vivid, poetic imagery to help participants picture the art in their minds. By hearing the historic, technical, and artistic context of the works, participants are better able to grasp the artwork’s import and effect.
A retired sergeant from the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch served as a legal professional for the King County Department of Public Defense in his most recent professional role. Active in his local community outside of his professional endeavors, Jon Schorsch is a longtime supporter of the United Way of King County.
In 2017, the United Way spent more than $9 million nationwide to help address the issue of homelessness. In Washington State, the organization is striving for new budget allocations that will help provide vouchers, grants, and other assistance to help individuals who are homeless transition into home-based living rather than become dependent upon the shelter system. It’s part of the United Way of King County’s lofty goal of reducing the number of homeless individuals by at least 50 percent in the immediate future.
In addition to funding avenues, the organization has a Jobs Connect program to help match individuals with employers who have jobs they can fill. The United Way provides a way for these individuals to clean up before work, have a hot breakfast, and get a ride to their jobs as well. To learn more about the United Way of King County’s efforts in the fight to end homelessness, visit www.uwkc.org/ending-homelessness.
A longtime police sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch retired from the force in 2007 and went on to earn his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law. Focused on employment law, Jon Schorsch is particularly knowledgeable about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
First passed in 1990, the ADA contains provisions to protect those with disabilities in a wide range of situations, including on the job, in school districts, on public transportation, and in many other areas. The legislation and related laws have been tweaked and re-worked at various points over the past 30 years, including a significant definitional overhaul in 2008. Now, the United States Congress may be set to make another major change.
In February 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the ADA Education and Reform Act, which puts restrictions on the timing of lawsuits related to ADA violations. Under the new bill, plaintiffs who desire to sue a business for violating ADA rules must first deliver a written warning. Businesses would then have 120 days to develop and implement a plan to rectify the violation.
Supporters of the bill, such as retail shopping associations, state the changes will reduce the number of frivolous lawsuits over ADA violations, while critics claim that it will make it easier to discriminate against those with disabilities. As of April 2018, the Senate had not taken action on the bill.
A medically retired police sergeant, Jon Schorsch most recently served as a legal professional for the King County Department of Public Defense. A leader with experience in organizational culture and vision, Jon Schorsch also volunteers as a self-defense instructor for the National Federation of the Blind and supports the United Way.
Founded more than 125 years ago, the United Way has grown to become a leading charitable organization in the United States and worldwide. Working to improve quality of life, the organization consists of local branches in close to 1,800 communities and over 40 countries.
The United Way’s efforts focus primarily on education, finances and economics, and health. For example, the organization operates a support program known as 2-1-1. Available in the United States and Canada, 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and links callers to local resources. The program, which is available 24 hours a day, is staffed by community resource specialists who can provide information in areas that range from food and homelessness programs to health care services and domestic abuse supports. In 2017, the program triaged more than 14 million calls, texts, and emails.
Jon Schorsch spent more than a decade as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department before retiring and going on to earn his JD at the Seattle University School of Law. In his professional life, Jon Schorsch drew upon extensive experience with employment laws and regulations related to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Formed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA functions as a division of the Department of Labor and is led by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. The primary purpose of OSHA is to create and enforce standards and regulations related to workplace safety in the United States.
In March of 2018, OSHA announced that it would begin enforcing a rule related to workplace exposure to beryllium. The law sets an eight-hour limit for beryllium exposure, with a shorter limit for those working in the construction and shipyard industries. Beryllium is a metal commonly used in the aerospace, medical, and electronics industries. When processed, beryllium dust can be inhaled by workers and cause a variety of illnesses.
OSHA initially announced the rule in January of 2017. The agency stated the delay in enforcement was to allow time for the industry to fully understand the new regulations.
A longtime sergeant for the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch took medical retirement in 2007. After completing his law enforcement career, Jon Schorsch attended Seattle University School of Law to complete his juris doctor.
Located in Seattle, Washington, the Seattle University School of Law stands out for its commitment to teaching a diverse group of lawyers using real-world training from world-class educators. The school also maintains a robust continuing legal education program (CLE) that includes its Summer Practice Academy.
Aiming to be the most comprehensive legal training program in the state of Washington, the Summer Practice Academy offers certificate programs taught by leading legal scholars and practitioners. The 2018 Academy will be the fifth hosted by the school and will include a range of three-day seminars that will qualify for up to 17.25 Law and Legal CLE credits.
One of the highlights of the Academy is the Mastering Legal Writing Certificate Program, which offers tailored legal writing instruction for practicing attorneys. The Academy will also offer a Health Law Certificate and a program focused on mass atrocities and human rights.
To learn more about the Summer Practice Academy, please visit http://law.seattleu.edu/summerpracticeacademy.
The recipient of a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Washington State University, Jon Schorsch is a medically retired police sergeant who spent 14 years with the Port of Seattle Police Department. Jon Schorsch also holds a master's degree in public administration from Seattle University, where he was an officer at large for the MPA Student Association.
The Seattle University women's basketball team saw its season come to an end on March 16 with a lopsided 88-45 loss to the Oregon Ducks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but it was an all-time great season for the Redhawks nonetheless. Even after the loss, Seattle's players remained upbeat and were able to put their accomplishments in perspective. The team had won its first ever WAC tournament championship and subsequently had made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Moreover, it became the first WAC team to have two of its players win consecutive Freshman of the Year honors.
Oregon jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first-round game and held a 48-16 lead by halftime. Alexis Montgomery led Seattle in scoring with 14 points while Kallin Spiller added 10 points. The Redhawks finished the 2017-18 season with a win-loss record of 18-15 and, prior to losing to Oregon, had won five consecutive games.
Medically retired Port of Seattle Police Department sergeant Jon Schorsch has completed a masters degree in public administration and a juris doctor degree at Seattle University. Outside of his educational pursuits, Jon Schorsch is an avid golfer who holds membership in the United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA).
Founded in 1953 to encourage and empower individuals with vision impairments to play golf, the USBGA has been hosting a national championship since 1948 (before it was an established organization). Clint Russell won the California-based tournament that first year. He and Charley Boswell combined to win the first 15 national championships with Boswell winning 13. More recently, the tournament has been played in Oregon, Rhode Island, and Florida, among other states.
The 2018 USBGA National Championship is scheduled to take place from August 25 to 29 at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee. A $150 entry fee is required to participate in the tournament. The fee covers a four-night stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites, three rounds of golf, complimentary breakfast each day, two lunches, and dinners at both the welcome reception and awards banquet. The three-round tournament is being hosted by the 2017 national champion Chad NeSmith and his coach Andy Church.