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Thursday, February 13, 2020

“Former Clerk Alleges Sexual Harassment by Appellate Judge; The former clerk told a House committee that Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt, a prominent liberal judge who died in 2018, routinely sexually harassed her and other women who worked for him”: Catie Edmondson will have this article in Friday’s edition of The New York Times.

Shoshana Dubnow of ABC News reports that “Judiciary employees want ‘sustained commitment’ against workplace sexual harassment; A former clerk said she feared retaliation for reporting misconduct by a judge.”

And Justine Coleman of The Hill reports that “Former law clerk testifies she feared reporting sexual harassment to court system.”

Posted at 10:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“Merrick Garland passes gavel to Sri Srinivasan to lead influential appeals court”: Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post has an article that begins, “Merrick Garland formally stepped down from his role as chief judge of the influential appeals court in Washington, passing the gavel Thursday to Sri Srinivasan, the first person of South Asian descent to lead a federal circuit court.”

Posted at 8:04 PM by Howard Bashman

“A courtship four decades in the making: they met when Jimmy Carter tapped them for bench, wed 25 years later.” Gabrielle Banks of The Houston Chronicle has this report.

Posted at 4:57 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ex-law clerk tells Congress she was sexually harassed by federal judge”: Ariane de Vogue of CNN has this report.

Jacqueline Thomsen of The National Law Journal reports that “Stunning Reinhardt Sexual Harassment Allegations Prompt Talk of Next Steps on Judicial Misconduct; Former law clerk Olivia Warren’s testimony about alleged sexual harassment from the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt is helping to spur members of Congress to act further on judicial misconduct.”

And in commentary, online at Slate, Susan Matthews has a jurisprudence essay titled “When a ‘Liberal Lion’ Is Also Your Harasser; A former clerk testified before Congress about the abuse she says she suffered working for Judge Stephen Reinhardt and what the law didn’t do to protect her.”

Posted at 4:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment runs into opposition — from Trump, sure, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg?” David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this report.

Posted at 4:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“After Stone Case, Prosecutors Say They Fear Pressure From Trump; The episode also brought to a head tensions in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington”: Katie Benner, Charlie Savage, Sharon LaFraniere, and Ben Protess have this front page article in today’s edition of The New York Times.

Posted at 4:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Barr blasts Trump’s tweets on Stone case: ‘Impossible for me to do my job’: ABC News Exclusive; The AG spoke with ABC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.” Anne Flaherty of ABC News has this report.

Posted at 4:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sexual harassment allegations highlight pervasive danger for female law clerks; Clerkships are seen as a path to lucrative careers, but ‘profane atmosphere’ reported in recent years reveals a systemic problem”: Stephanie Kirchgaessner of The Guardian (UK) has this report.

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that “Former law clerk alleges harassment by late prominent judge.”

And Josh Gerstein of Politico reports that “Ex-clerk says deceased federal appeals judge was sexual harasser; The woman said the judge repeatedly insulted her over her appearance, made vulgar comments, and disparaged other women who had leveled allegations of sexual harassment and assault.”

Posted at 1:57 PM by Howard Bashman

“Late Judge Reinhardt Accused of Sex Harassment by Former Clerk”: Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson of Bloomberg Law has this report.

And Jacqueline Thomsen of The National Law Journal reports that “Former Law Clerk Alleges Repeated Sexual Harassment by Late Judge Stephen Reinhardt; The claims came during testimony at a House subcommittee hearing on sexual misconduct in the federal judiciary.”

You can access at this link the full text of Olivia Warren‘s prepared testimony at today’s hearing of the House Judiciary Committee‘s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on the subject of “Protecting Federal Judiciary Employees from Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Other Workplace Misconduct.”

This morning’s hearing has now concluded — having started at 8:30 a.m. eastern time — but you can access the video of the entire hearing on YouTube via this link. The prepared testimony of all of the witnesses at the hearing, and other related materials, can be accessed via this link.

Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“America May Be Nearing the End of the Roe Era; June Medical Services v. Gee presents the Supreme Court with the power to green-light extremely restrictive abortion laws”: Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay online at The Atlantic.

Posted at 10:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Supreme Court in the Mean Season: A summary decision kicks an untold number of legal immigrants off the path to citizenship.” Linda Greenhouse has this essay online at The New York Times.

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“The Political Economy of the Free Exercise Clause”: At the “Law & Liberty” blog, John O. McGinnis has a post that begins, “The Supreme Court has recently heard arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a potentially monumental case concerning the Free Exercise Clause.”

Posted at 8:48 AM by Howard Bashman