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In a groundbreaking development for aspiring legal professionals, the Legal Accountability Project, spearheaded by former law clerk Aliza Shatzman, has unveiled a revolutionary database tailored to aid law students and recent alumni in evaluating judges for clerkship opportunities.

Unprecedented Access to Judicial Insights

The database, now live, hosts a treasure trove of over 800 surveys from former law clerks, offering firsthand accounts and insights into the practices of more than 700 presently serving state and federal judges. This unparalleled repository stands as the most extensive collection of U.S. clerkship information available, providing an indispensable resource for those navigating the competitive clerkship application process.

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A Game-Changer for Aspiring Legal Professionals

Access to this invaluable database is carefully curated, primarily targeting law school students and recent alumni who can subscribe for a nominal fee. Moreover, institutions have the option to extend access to all students by paying an annual fee per capita, signaling a growing demand for transparency within the legal sphere.

Empowering Transparency and Accountability

Aliza Shatzman, President, and Founder of the Legal Accountability Project, articulates the database’s overarching mission: to disrupt the traditionally opaque hiring system prevalent in the legal profession. By arming law students with unfiltered insights into judges’ behaviors and managerial styles, the initiative aims to guide them away from potentially toxic work environments while identifying judges known for fostering professional growth.

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Upholding Anonymity and Legal Compliance

Central to the database’s ethos is its reliance on anonymous survey responses from former clerks, safeguarding against potential retaliation and ensuring candid sharing of experiences. Furthermore, strict adherence to legal frameworks such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 mitigates potential defamation claims, ensuring the project’s integrity and longevity.

A Movement Born from Personal Experience

The genesis of the Legal Accountability Project stems from Shatzman’s ordeal as a law clerk, where mistreatment by a judge fueled her advocacy for greater judicial accountability. Her testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, coinciding with the #MeToo movement’s broader impact, galvanized efforts to address workplace misconduct within the legal profession.

A Catalyst for Change in Judicial Practices

In response to growing concerns over workplace ethics, the federal judiciary enacted procedural reforms in 2019, explicitly prohibiting abusive conduct. This legislative shift underscores broader societal discussions surrounding accountability and ethics in professional environments.

Pledge of Support from Legal Figures

Notable figures within the judiciary, including Judge Douglas Nazarian and several others, have pledged support for the initiative, signaling a collective acknowledgment of the urgent need for transparency and accountability within the legal profession. Their endorsement underscores the database’s potential to foster a culture of mutual respect and professionalism.

A New Era of Transparency and Equity

The launch of this groundbreaking database heralds a new era of transparency and accountability within the legal profession. By equipping law students and recent alumni with unprecedented insights, the initiative aims to reshape the clerkship selection process, ensuring a more equitable and conducive work environment for future legal professionals.

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