With his confirmation completed Saturday, Brett Kavanaugh took up residence in his new chambers as a newly minted Supreme Court justice on Sunday, where — after facing three allegations of sexual misconduct by women from his past — Kavanaugh went to work with his four law clerks, all of whom are women.
Kavanaugh took great pains during his confirmation hearings to show that he is a friend to women, as The New York Times noted Sunday, boasting of his record of hiring women over the dozen years he sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
> He added in his testimony that he had provisionally hired his four Supreme Court clerks before allegations of sexual misconduct against him had surfaced. “All four are women,” he said. Counting Justice Kavanaugh’s new clerks, women make up a majority of Supreme Court clerks for the first time.
> Justice Kavanaugh’s critics said his efforts were laudable, given that a Supreme Court clerkship is perhaps the most coveted credential in American law.
However, hiring women is not sufficient on its own for undoing the damage wrought by Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, they said.
> “I applaud in general a commitment to hiring a diverse group of clerks, and hope all the justices encourage applicants of color, women and those with backgrounds beyond the usual elite,” said Elizabeth B. Wydra, the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a liberal group that opposed Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination.
> “Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot more than female clerks to undo the damage to the legitimacy of the court done by this travesty of a confirmation process. Women will feel much more confident in the court when their fundamental rights are protected and their equal dignity is respected in the rulings handed down by the justices.”
Kavanaugh said last month it was a 2006 New York Times article that inspired him to intentionally hire more female law clerks; the article noted that just seven of the 37 Supreme Court clerks were women at that time.
> “A majority of my 48 law clerks over the last 12 years have been women,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “In my time on the bench, no federal judge — not a single one in the country — has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have.”