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So proud of my friends Liv Warren & @happygolawky for testifying before the House Judiciary Committee today on sexual harassment in the federal judiciary & the inadequate mechanisms for addressing it.
Here's a written copy of Liv's testimony about the harassment she experienced while clerking for the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a brilliant left-wing jurist whose shocking behavior towards his clerks was the subject of rumors before his death in 2018. docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU…
Judicial clerkships are a prized opportunity for young lawyers & a relic of a pre-modern apprenticeship system. Judges rely heavily on their clerks & have nearly unchecked power over them during their term of employment. A few judges, by pure luck, turn out to be good bosses.
As Liv discussed, word of mouth is usually the only way to learn whether a judge is a good or bad employer. Unfortunately, there's often a code of silence among clerks & former clerks; at most you might hear "it was a tough year." It takes real bravery to come forward publicly.
Update: for some reason the link to Liv Warren's testimony I shared above stopped working. Here's a working link: docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU…
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