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Article by Newsweek about sexual harassment in the judiciary discusses LCWA and quotes founders Sara McDermott and Jaime Santos

Oct 02, 2018

Founders Sara McDermott and Jaime Santos are quoted in this piece by Jessica Goodheart, picked up by Newsweek, which discusses how the efforts to combat sexual misconduct in the judiciary have become "an important if buried footnote" in today's news.

McDermott is quoted as saying, among other things, "I think we should be holding the judiciary to a high standard... These are people who, [in their] job, must be fair and impartial. Historically, we have asked that they be of higher moral character than the average person."

Read the article here.

Law students call for the federal judiciary to address the role of law schools in combating workplace harassment

Aug 09, 2018 (last updated sep 06, 2018)

A group of current law students from Harvard and Yale Law Schools have created a response to the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group’s June 1, 2018 report. The law students’ memo urges “the Judicial Conference [to] adopt reforms regarding the role and responsibilities of law schools in reporting and responding to complaints of harassment and other abusive workplace practices" and provides several specific recommendations for reform. This response was addressed to the Judicial Conference of the United States and sent to the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. You can view it here (PDF link).

LCWA previously drafted their own response to the Working Group’s report, which you can find here.

Update 9/6/2018
This letter has been revised to reflect updated information received by the authors regarding former Kozinski clerks' allegations. According to former clerks, reports about Judge Kozinski's abusive conduct surfaced in an informal database widely available to YLS students but not administered formally by YLS administrators.

LCWA founders collaborate on New York Times article about complicity in the #MeToo movement

Aug 02, 2018

LCWA founders Sara McDermott and Kendall Turner contributed to a New York Times article, bylined by Leah Litman, Emily Murphy and Katherine H. Ku, that highlights a failure of process in the federal judiciary. The judiciary has failed to conduct a formal investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment against former Judge Alex Kozinski, who retired in the wake of the accusations. Seven months later, Kozinski has been actively stepping back into the spotlight, with little to no recognition of the allegations lodged against him.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack praises LCWA's response to the federal working group

Jul 28, 2018

In an article on Law360, Justice McCormack is quoted as saying: "This particular group of lawyers [LCWA], I don't know them personally but I read the report, it's very impressive, and I'm not surprised because federal clerks like them are some of our best and the brightest."

Justice McCormack was referring to the reply LCWA sent to the Judicial Conference of the United States in response to the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group Report.

Read the full Law360 article here. (Note: Article is behind paywall)

LCWA Responds to the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group Report

Jul 20, 2018

On December 20, 2017, Chief Justice Roberts asked the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to establish a working group to examine the problem of harassment in the federal judiciary. The Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group was subsequently established. Representatives of Law Clerks for Workplace Accountability attended, on an ad hoc basis, three meetings of this Working Group. We also submitted written proposals and suggestions to the group.

On June 1, 2018, the Working Group published their report addressed to the Judicial Conference of the United States. We repeatedly asked to see the report before it was published, but were denied that opportunity.

We have drafted our own response to the report. It has been submitted to the Judicial Conference of the United States for consideration.

You can view our response here. (Note: link is to PDF file)