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LCWA to testify before the Judicial Conference on proposed changes to judicial codes of conduct

Oct 25, 2018

On October 30, Co-Founders Jaime Santos and Kendall Turner will testify at a public hearing of the Judicial Conference’s committees on Codes of Conduct and Judicial Conduct and Disability Rules. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the proposed changes to the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges and the Judicial Conduct and Disability Rules. LCWA will submit written testimony in conjunction with the oral testimony of Santos and Turner. We plan on submitting a formal response to the proposed changes in November.

The hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. You can watch the testimony live here.

If you are in the D.C. area, consider joining the Pipeline Parity Project's Show Up to Fight Sexual Harassment in the Judiciary. They are "calling on law students, law clerks, and advocates to join us at the hearing and show support for survivor-centric reforms."

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.