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Untouchable Judges? What I've Learned About Harassment in the Judiciary, and What We Can Do to Stop It


Drawing on the author’s own experience of gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation during her clerkship and in the years following it, this Article analyzes the deficits in current federal and D.C. judicial reporting systems to demonstrate the urgent need for reform. This Article focuses on federal policies, because those would be affected by the JAA, while also addressing D.C. policies, based on the author’s personal experience. This Article then analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the JAA and specifically argues that D.C. judges should be covered under the proposed legislation. Finally, the author reflects on her attempts to report the misconduct, how the system failed her when she tried to report, and her efforts to seek justice for herself and accountability for the misbehaving former judge.

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