Litigation

Cal. Litig. 2023, Volume 35, Issue 3

WORKING: CONVERSATIONS WITH ESSENTIAL WORKERS

BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE COURT SYSTEM

Written by Justice Elizabeth A. Grimes*

Inspired by Studs Terkel’s 1974 masterpiece Working, which rang out the voices of workers from all walks of life who described what they did all day and how they felt about their work, we decided to talk to some of the essential workers in the court system. This is the first of what may become an occasional series of interviews in which people who are not lawyers or judges talk about the work they do to support and keep the court system running smoothly.

Below are the words of Mabel Harman, an appellate court judicial assistant; Beverlee Nagata, a court reporter for the superior court; Erin Stenberg, a deputy juvenile correctional officer; Ed Nicholas, a deputy sheriff assigned to the courts; and Darnice Benton, an appellate court custodian. They were interviewed by Justice Elizabeth A. Grimes.

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