Eradicating Sexual Misconduct in the Courthouse to Foster a Legal Community that Promotes Respect, Safety, and Equality
By: Lindsay B. Coleman and Judge Debra B. Walker with editing assistance from Kelly T. Bennett
The profound Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.” Many legal professionals are alarmingly unaware that sexual harassment1 continues to cause serious issues in courtrooms and courthouses. In fact, sexual harassment still affects attorneys at all levels, including judges and named partners. In 2020, many of us became aware of two prominent Illinois legal professionals, an attorney and judge, who were charged with sexual misconduct allegations. As we move into 2021, sexual misconduct needs to be brought into the light so it can be eradicated to foster a legal community that promotes respect, safety, and equality.