h/t Kristina Mansveld
Assuming this government isn’t going to get around to appointing a woman for some time (“be patient”, “there aren’t as many female candidates”, et boring cetera), here’s another factor we could consider, as illustrated in a study by profs from Rochester & Harvard:
Another Factor Said to Sway Judges to Rule for Women’s Rights: A Daughter – NYTimes.com.
See also the issue of Justice Blackmun of SCOTUS, his daughter, and Roe: here.
Slightly heartwarming, in a way. Although it does raise some VERY pointed questions about race based cases, doesn’t it? To be fair, at the end of the NYT article, the author suggests other new experiences which might affect our view of the world.
I couldn’t quite tell, from the article, whether the effect was as pronounced for women as for men, so I’m interested in that as well. I should get the study, which is here.
A Montreal woman has filed a complaint with the Administrative Judicial Council against a Rental Board judge she says repeatedly referred to her as a man.
While in court with a witness, a friend who was also a former tenant of the same building, Sojourner said in a news conference late Wednesday morning that the presiding judge, Luce De Palma, consistently referred to her with male pronouns.
“I was referred to as ‘monsieur,’ ‘il,’ ‘lui,’ and ‘mr.’ over twelve times” said Sojourner, “and each time she referred to me, I corrected her. Including the landlord, I was there over a landlord case, and the landlord’s representative would, every time he was spoken to in French, would correct the judge and say ‘madame Sojourner.'”
Sojourner, who is not transgender, identifies herself as a black lesbian woman, and says the experience left her dignity “in tatters.”
From Montreal CJAD800AM blog
You can hear Tomee describe what happened and how it affected her on this CBC radio program: Human rights complaint – Homerun – CBC Player. Fo Niemi, of the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations, joins the discussion. You need to hear the story to understand more about how race may figure in. Hot tip: Hair. Here’s the TV story.
Along with all the other emotions, I felt relieved to see that the landlord’s representative also engaged in an effort to correct the judge. What would you have done?
h/t to Osgoode’s Njeri Damali Campbell who sent me info on this case.
click through to read the short report.
Douglas Inquiry Discussion at Robson Hall « The Forum.
CBC news, with short video, here.
Women should be given priority for top law jobs, says one of Britain’s most senior judges | Mail Online.
Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger wants to use new legislation to favour female and minority candidates over white men if they are equally qualified for a role.
But the view is likely to be seen by critics as supporting illegal positive discrimination.
H/t IFLS member and Osgoode colleague Sara Slinn
September 29, Professor Jeffrey Rachlinski (Professor at Cornell University Law School): “Intuition, Deliberation and Good Judgment” 1230-230 September 29, 2011
Room 2003 Osgoode Hall Law School. Click here for more information and how to RSVP (lunch is provided, but space is limited).
Professor Jeffrey Rachlinski from Cornell University Law School will give a lecture on how intuitive processes can adversely affect judgment in the courtroom, boardroom and beyond. The event is organized by the Hennick Centre for Business and Law and co-sponsored by the Ontario Legal Philosophy Partnership and the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. It will be held at Osgoode Hall Law School on September 29th.
Professor Rachlinski has written many articles including a number looking at unconscious bias in trials, elections and other arenas. For instance, Parks, Gregory Scott and Rachlinski , Jeffrey J., A Better Metric: The Role of Unconscious Race and Gender Bias in the 2008 Presidential Race (March 4, 2008). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-007.See all his SSRN publications here.