Celebrate Justice Jackson!

The day we have been waiting for is finally here! Come recognize this momentous occasion: Judge Jackson becoming Justice Jackson!

Here are some celebratory events-Friday and Saturday-join the party!

Friday, April 8, 4 PM gather outside the Supreme Court 🎉

https://bit.ly/38vDRXm

Saturday, April 9, 12-4 PM for an unveiling of a mural of Justice Jackson and a block party to celebrate:

14th and S Streets, NW in D.C.

Hope to see you there-it’s time to celebrate!

Judiciary Accountability Act: A First Person Account

While the judiciary may be more educated now about sexual harassment and discrimination in its midst, and have iterated their internal procedures, complaints by employees of the judiciary continue. Congress held hearings in March on the Judiciary Accountability Act, in which witnesses testified about the continued lack of transparency, due process, and unbiased adjudication. It seems ironic that the very branch that dispenses justice can’t get this policy change right for itself.

Read this first person account of a former clerk who submitted a statement: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/03/judiciary-accountability-act-harassment-lawsuits.html

Celebrate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson-Call Your Senators, Urge Swift Confirmation

Women Lawyers On Guard Action Network:

Today is a cause for celebration. President Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his pick for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. As you are no doubt aware, Judge Jackson would be the first Black woman on the Court. Among 115 justices, only 3 have been people of color and only 5 have been women.

Judge Brown is not just a distinguished jurist, she also comes to this position with a wealth of litigation experience, most significantly as a Federal Public Defender, but also in private practice, and as a clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard University.

She will be a voice for equal justice under the law – for women- and for all people.

Here are some joyous statements on her nomination: From the NAACP; from the National Women’s Law Center; and a video from People For the American Way.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND URGE THEM TO SWIFTLY CONFIRM JUDGE JACKSON TO BECOME JUSTICE JACKSON

Cory Amron, President

Photo: Claire Anderson, Unsplash

Forced Arbitration – Sexual Harassment and Assault

Finally, some good news in the fight against sexual harassment and assault.

The Senate (and previously, the House) have passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act with bipartisan votes.  The bill was introduced in the Senate 5 years ago by Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand and Sen. Lindsey Graham and will move on to President Biden who has indicated that he will sign it.

No longer will victims be forced to bring their grievances to arbitration, freeing them to go to court if they choose. We also owe a tremendous debt to Gretchen Carlson for this legislation.

We note, however, that forced Non-Disclosure Agreements are not addressed in this legislation.

We also note that Women Lawyers On Guard’s nationwide survey of sexual harassment in the legal profession, Still Broken, determined that 86% of sexual harassment incidents are not even reported.

Read more in these articles:  NPR or Washington Post.