Donna Hitchens


In June of 1990, in a hotly contested race, I had the good fortune to be elected to the San Francisco Superior Court. My career as a civil rights lawyer, the process of running for the bench, and the experiences I have had since my election lead me to believe that there are two important issues that should be addressed by legal feminism in the nineties. First, we need to challenge the conception of an unbiased judiciary. Second, just as we need to make room for difference on the bench, we need to embrace difference in our legal theories and put them into practice. In the following discussion, I will share some personal experiences with you that I hope will highlight these points.

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