Why Haven’t Women In Law Firms Called Out Kozinski?

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Publish Date:
December 21, 2017
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  • Chen, Vivia
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The American Lawyer
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Summary

They are piling up like hotcakes at the diner. As of this writing, at least 15 women have come forward, alleging that Alex Kozinski engaged in inappropriate behavior while he served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

So many credible women came out with their own stories after The Washington Post first reported the accusations on Dec. 8, that the unthinkable has happened: Kozinski is calling it quits. (He resigned on Monday after the Ninth Circuit launched a formal inquiry.)

Not everyone shares my view that women in law firms will pay a price for speaking out. Stanford Law School professor Deborah Rhode, an expert on gender issues, says change in culture now affects the legal profession: “I can’t imagine that there would be adverse career consequences given the number of women who’ve made complaints about Kozinski.”

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