The young lawyers those judges hire go on to storied careers. In addition to clerking for the Supreme Court, they become law professors who develop legal theory. They become elite lawyers at the Department of Justice who advise the federal government on the limits of the law. They become judges who shape American jurisprudence.

And one of the consequences of Judge Kozinski’s behavior toward women was that women had less access to those incredible opportunities.

Alexandra Brodsky, a civil rights attorney, wrote on Twitter that when she was at Yale, “everyone knew, and women didn’t apply to clerk for Judge Kozinski despite his prestige and connections to the Supreme Court. I always felt the men who took their places were traitors.”