Clerkships are typically described in the rosiest of terms—fostering a lifelong mentor/mentee relationship between judge and clerk, and affording only professional and personal benefits. Few former clerks are willing to speak openly about the potential downsides to clerking: when judges mistreat their clerks, abuse their positions of power, and negatively impact their former clerks’ lives, careers, and reputations.
Join Georgetown Women’s Legal Alliance and Professor Jonah Perlin on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at noon in conversation with Aliza Shatzman, President and Co-Founder of The Legal Accountability Project, a nonprofit aimed at ensuring that law clerks have positive clerkship experiences, while extending support and resources to those who do not. Aliza will share her personal experience with gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by a former DC Superior Court judge to combat the culture of silence in the legal community that discourages law clerk reporting and to explain the circumstances that led her to launch her nonprofit with her law school classmate, Matthew Goodman.
Aliza and Professor Perlin will discuss the scope of the problem of judicial misconduct. They will then consider solutions, including The Legal Accountability Project’s resources, which will transform the clerkship landscape for the next generation of attorneys and ensure they can pursue careers they love, in workplaces free from discrimination and harassment.