Law Students Demand Stronger Steps to Curb Harassment in Judiciary

Feb. 25, 2020, 1:53 PM

Law students at Harvard, Stanford and Yale want the judiciary’s policy making body to take new steps to prevent workplace misconduct following allegations by a Ninth Circuit clerk that she was sexually harassed by late Judge Stephen Reinhardt.

Reluctant: “The unique closeness of a chambers environment, the early career stage of most law clerks, the importance of clerking relationships to future employment, and the opaqueness of available remedies have made law clerks extremely reluctant to report misconduct,” the students wrote in their letter to the Judicial Conference.

Suggestions: They urged the Judicial Conference to consider a national survey for clerks and other judicial employees to collect anonymous data about workplace conduct, and a national reporting option for clerks and employees outside individual circuits. Madison Alder reports.



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