nixy wrote:I agree that it's not ideal for a clerk to give birth during a one-year term, but I also don't know anyone who's actually planned to do that, and sometimes planning doesn't work. Saying "there should be some mechanism for parental leave" does not at all suggest a judge has a right to inquire about an applicant's plans for becoming a parent, because the only reason to know that is for the judge to choose a clerk based on that criterion, and that's just seriously crappy.
Seconding this. I also wonder how the judge's defenders ITT would react if, say, the judge had asked a follow-up question along the lines of, "do you intend to have an abortion in the event of an unplanned pregnancy during your clerkship?" Clearly such a question would be wildly inappropriate. Yet the same argument used to defend the "getting yourself pregnant" question would also seem to support asking the abortion follow-up.