In accepting the William Nelson Cromwell Award Monday night, Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York made an impassioned speech about sexual harassment. At the 103rd annual dinner of the New York County Lawyers Association, she urged men and women to ensure that the continuing scandals do not lead to a different type of discrimination against women. Chief Judge Janet Difiore also received the award. Here is Judge McMahon’s speech in its entirety:

As a number of speakers have observed, we are here tonight to honor Outstanding Women in the Legal Profession, at a time when women in the workplace are very much in the headlines—not for what we have done, but for what has been done to entirely too many of us.

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