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The Study of Gender in the Courts: Keeping Bias at Bay

  • Lilia M. Cortina

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I am pleased to introduce the following two companion papers on gender in the United States Eighth Circuit courts. They emerge from a partnership of social scientists and legal professionals, spurred by a national movement to understand influences of gender on the judicial system. These studies reflect a majority of voices in the Eighth Circuit bench and bar– women and men who work in and preside over the federal courts of seven states. This project yielded a wealth of data, the analysis of which reveals ways both subtle and overt by which gender bias threatens fairness in the courts. Underscoring the importance of this and similar projects, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor once stated, “by acknowledging and not trivializing the effects of gender bias on reasonable women and men, courts can work toward ensuring that neither men nor women will have to run a gauntlet of abuse in return for the privilege of being allowed to work and make a living” (as quoted in the Final Report of the Eighth Circuit Gender Fairness Task Force [ECGFTF] 1997, 8).

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Cortina, Lilia M., Lonsway, Kimberly A., Magley, Vicki J., Freeman, Leslie V., Collinsworth, Linda L., Hunter, Mary K., and Fitzgerald, Louise F. 2002. What's Gender Got to Do with It? Incivility in the Federal Courts. Law & Social Inquiry 27 (2): 235270.
Cortina, Lilia M., and Magley, Vicki J. 2001. Retaliation in the Context of Interpersonal Mistreatment: The Dangers of Speaking out. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June.
Cortina, Lilia M., Magley, Vicki J., Hunter Williams, Jill, and Day Langhout, Regina. 2001. Incivility in the Workplace: Incidence and Impact. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology 6(1): 6480.
Eighth Circuit Gender Fairness Task Force. 1997. Final Report and Recommendations of the Eighth Circuit Gender Fairness Task Force. Creighton Law Review 31 (1): 1181.
Equal Justice for Women in the Courts Act. 1994. 42 U. S. C. §14001, as amended by Pub. L. 106386, § 1406(b)(l).
Lonsway, Kimberly A., Freeman, Leslie V., Cortina, Lilia M., Magley, Vicki J., and Fitzgerald, Louise F. 2002. Understanding the Judicial Role in Addressing Gender Bias: A View from the Eighth Circuit Federal Court System. Law & Social Inquiry 27 (2): 205233.
Magley, Vicki J., Day Langhout, Regina, Hunter Williams, Jill, Cortina, Lilia M., and Fitzgerald, Louise F. 1998. Sexual Harassment in the Federal Courts: An Unprotected Experience. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Aspen, June.
New Jersey Supreme Court Task Force on Women in the Courts. 1986. The First Year Report. Reprinted in Women's Rights Law Reporter 9: 129.
Resnik, Judith. 1991. Naturally without Gender: Women, Jurisdiction, and the Federal Courts. New York University Law Review 66: 16821767.
Resnik, Judith. 1996. Asking about Gender in the Courts. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 21: 952–90.
Schafran, Lynn Hecht. 1998. Will Inquiry Produce Action? Studying the Effects of Gender in the Federal Courts. University of Richmond Law Review 32: 615–44.
Wald, Patricia M. 1995. Remarks to the Aspen Law and Business Third Annual Institute. Reprinted in Schafran 1998.
Williams, Jill Hunter, Magley, Vicki J., Day Langhout, Regina, and Fitzgerald, Louise F. 1998. Organizational Tolerance of Sexual Harassment in the Federal Courts. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Aspen, June.
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