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On March 4, a panel discusses sexual and other forms of harassment. Clockwise from top left on the panel are Deeva Shah, co-founder of Law Clerks for Workplace Accountability and an associate with Keker, Van Nest & Peters; Chai Feldblum, former commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Elizabeth K. Peck, assistant dean for judicial engagement and professional development at Cornell Law School; Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Emily Martin, moderator, vice president for Education & Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center.

While sexual harassment and other forms of harassment are a common issue in workplaces, judicial clerks face particular challenges given the power dynamics in chambers and the timing and length of a typical clerkship, panelists said during a Zoom presentation hosted by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law on Thursday.

Some clerks may believe they should “just white-knuckle it” through challenges in a yearlong clerkship, said Elizabeth K. Peck, assistant dean for judicial engagement and professional development at Cornell Law School

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Jane Wester

Jane Wester is a litigation reporter for the New York Law Journal. Email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @janewester.

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