Bloomberg Law
June 1, 2022, 4:27 PM

Judicial Law Clerk Harassment Is Focus of New Non-Profit Group

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

Two recent graduates of Washington University School of Law have launched a nonprofit seeking to support judicial clerks, amid concerns about misconduct by lifetime-appointed judges.

The Legal Accountability Project is the brainchild of Aliza Shatzman and Matthew Goodman, who both graduated law school in 2019.

“These are enormously and chronically under-addressed issues,” said Shatzman, who became engaged on the topic when she says she experienced harassment while clerking in the DC Superior Court.

Shatzman submitted written testimony for a March 2022 House Judiciary hearing detailing her negative clerkship experience and the “enormous power disparity between Senate-confirmed judges and fresh-out-of-law-school clerks.” ...

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