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Just Watch Me

By: Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
Narrated by: Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
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Publisher's summary

A powerful memoir about finding your voice and using it to change the world - created specifically for the audio format.

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made headlines with her unprecedented judicial decisions during the Nassar sentencing hearing, but in a life filled with unconventional choices and bold decisions, this was only one of her many extraordinary moments. In this empowering memoir, Judge Aquilina finally shares her own deeply personal story. 

Every time Rosemarie was told she couldn’t do something, her response was a resounding, “Just watch me”. She lived these words, first, as a young woman when told she couldn’t pursue a career in the male-dominated legal field. Next, as a government staffer when told she couldn’t be a Judge Advocate General Officer in the Michigan National Guard and a mother. And finally, as a judge when told she should not allow every Sister Survivor to speak in the Nassar case. 

Through it all, Judge Aquilina’s grit and perseverance resulted in a uniquely courageous life story. Now she’ll inspire you to make your own bold choices and stand strong in the face of life’s greatest challenges. 

©2020 Rosemarie Aquilina (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

About Hello Sunshine

Founded by Reese Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine is on a mission to change the narrative for women through storytelling, creating and curating content that celebrates women and puts them at the center of the story. We tell complex stories that shine a light on where women are right now and those that help chart a new path forward.

Dear Listener,

Why did I decide to tell this story now?
"From highly publicized cases to those that were not, I’ve been consistently asked by victims, defendants and their families after the case ends: How did you know that? Have you ever been abused? How were you clued in when no one else was? The consistent onslaught of questions prompted me to closely examine my own life and unapologetically reveal my story with all of my vulnerabilities. Life has taught me we are all connected, we all matter, and we all have life lessons to learn. No one is immune from this, not even me. The reality is that no one, not even an educated judge, is exempt from suffering the experiences of their life. I hope my story encourages meaningful discussion. I want every struggling person to know they have the right to celebrate and own who they are, flaws and all. My struggles have given me voice, inner strength, and the confidence to hold my head high. I’ve learned to tune out negativity in all its demeaning forms and remain an independent, outspoken, confident misfit who never worries about consequence to myself. Where do I go from here? Just Watch Me." – Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, creator of Just Watch Me