When she appeared on national TV in 1991, Anita Hill was a University of Oklahoma law professor testifying before a Senate committee about the alleged sexual misconduct of her former boss, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. The ensuing uproar rattled her. "There were threats of death, rape, a bomb at my house," she says. "Once you have had your life threatened, it's not something you get over."
Nine years later, Hill, now 43, single and a professor of law, social policy and women's studies at Brandeis University, is back on-camera as an occasional contributor to Court TV's Crier Today, a daily talk show on which Hill and host Catherine Crier hold forth on cases ranging from a police shooting in New York City to the flying of the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House. Live television "is not as glamorous as you might think," she says. Once, when a guest cut her off, she recalls, "I said, 'I was speaking. Please don't interrupt me.' This is what comes with being a teacher." So how would Professor Hill grade Justice Thomas? "I can't see that he's had a positive impact," she says.