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Prof. Julie Goldscheid on Kavanaugh Hearings for PBS NewsHour

September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018 – Professor Julie Goldscheid appeared on PBS NewsHour’s evening broadcast on Wednesday with an analysis of the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Today Prof. Goldscheid, along with more than 250 other law professors with experience teaching, researching, and writing about issues of gender violence and representing gender violence survivors in court, including a number of other CUNY Law faculty, wrote a letter to the committee outlining their concerns.


Prof. Julie Goldscheid has decades of experience teaching, researching, and writing about issues of gender violence and advocating for gender violence survivors’ legal rights.

This week she spearheaded a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee calling for a full investigation of the events underlying allegations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. More than 250 law professors with expertise in gender violence critiqued the process set out by the Judiciary Committee.  The letter raised concerns about the Committee’s refusal to hear from all witnesses and statements pre-judging the outcome of the proceedings.  It urged the Committee to remember that the hearing is “neither a criminal trial nor a civil proceeding. The focus should be on the nominee’s intellect, demeanor, judicial temperament and moral conduct.”

Ultimately, the letter urges, Senators should “be concerned with the nominee’s judgment, insight, and capacity for reflection on the impact of a person’s behavior on others.”



For the full interview, head to PBS NewsHour to see the clip.

Letter to Judiciary Committee on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings 


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