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Shira Scheindlin, retired judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, discussing threats to judicial independence during a panel discussion titled “Undermining the Courts and the Media: The Consequences for American Democracy,” organized by The National Judicial College, at the Press Club building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Everything changed in March. After more than 45 years of going to the office every day, I found myself at home full-time, for the first time ever, and I was in a state of mild shock.

I have always viewed myself as a workaholic who has never had a hobby other than reading and running. I felt a panic set in when not surrounded with my familiar office objects: my huge U-shaped desk, large computer screen, console telephone, visitors chairs, degrees and artwork.

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