The facts are not in dispute. A woman lawyer asked for a hearing to be rescheduled due to the birth of her baby. The judge denied the rescheduling request, so he woman lawyer brought the baby to court. The judge is a male.
I’m going to upset some women readers of this blog by supporting the judge in this case. The new mother could have:
1. put the child in daycare for a few hours.
2. passed the hearing on to another lawyer.
The article condemns males and condemns the judge for his “lack of compassion.”
As I see it, he’s not paid to be “compassionate,” which means giving women with children special treatment. He’s paid for results. There are plaintiffs and defendants needing to have their cases progress.
New mom had options. She choose not to pursue them.
Babies do not belong in the courtroom.
I should add that babies in the university classroom were also an issue at the university. Crying babies and unruly children were disruptive to the learning experiences of other students. The university allowed professors to set their own policies. Mine, like everyone else’s, was that babies do not belong in university classrooms.
Editor’s note: Kelly Wallace is CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She is a mom of two girls. Read her other columns and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter.
(CNN) — When I first heard the story about an Atlanta judge who reprimanded an immigration attorney for bringing her 4-week-old to court for a hearing — a hearing the attorney, Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle, told CNN she asked the judge to reschedule because she was on her six-week maternity leave — I was outraged like many other working women.
Two other immigration judges — one male, another female — in two unrelated cases granted Ehrisman-Mickle’s request to delay hearings while she was on maternity leave, she said in an interview.
What appears to be a lack of compassion by the judge in question is troubling but sadly not surprising, many women say.
“Hearings are rescheduled…
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