The Senate voted 58-36 to confirm Wilhelmina Wright, a Minnesota Supreme Court justice, to the federal district court. She will make history as Minnesota's first black woman federal judge. Learn details from Gavel Grab.
Tennessee’s appellate courts suffer from an extraordinary lack of racial and gender diversity, and all nine current applicants for an opening on the state Supreme Court are white men. Visit Gavel Grab for details.
When three women took the oath to serve on the Arkansas Supreme Court, it marked the first time in history that women comprised a majority on the court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed fewer African-American judges than did either of his two predecessors during a corresponding time period. Details available from Gavel Grab.
Diversity on the bench was in the spotlight in two Midwestern states today after milestone achievements by two women. Gavel Grab has details.
If Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is confirmed, he would become the only Latino serving on the California Supreme Court. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Noting the U.S. Senate’s historic confirmation this week of three judges of diverse backgrounds, JAS said a diverse bench serves all and strengthens public confidence in the judiciary. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake was among several co-sponsors of an Alliance for Justice forum on judicial diversity, “Broadening the Bench,” featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Gavel Grab has more.
As the U.S. Senate votes on a backlog of judicial nominations, President Obama’s White House is touting the president’s record for increasing diversity on the federal bench. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake’s work for a more diverse federal and state judiciary is the topic of a lengthy explanatory article in Diversity and the Bar, a publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Lack of diversity on the bench poses a "huge danger" to our courts, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said. For details, check out Gavel Grab.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said diversity helps bring different viewpoints to the court. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Touting the importance of diversity on the bench, a Miami Herald op-ed called on President Obama to work to enhance racial diversity on the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. For details, check out Gavel Grab.
On the 32nd anniversary of Sandra Day O’Connor’s taking the oath of office for the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Ginsburg has written a personal tribute to her trailblazing colleague. Gavel Grab has more.
The Senate unanimously confirmed Todd Hughes, a Justice Department lawyer, to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he will become the first openly gay judge on a U.S. appeals court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
President Obama nominated Diane Humetewa of the Hopi Tribe for a federal judgeship in Arizona. If confirmed, she would become the first female Native American to serve on the U.S. bench. Gavel Grab has more.
The Washington Supreme Court made an important finding of fact and call to action Thursday about racism in the state’s criminal-justice system.
Indian-American legal luminary Vince Girdhari Chhabria has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to a key judiciary post in California.
While in recent decades the Court has become more diverse in some areas, such as gender and race, presidents have also appointed Justices with increasingly uniform educational and professional backgrounds. This lack of professional and educational diversity may be sub-optimal.
Luis J. Rodriguez, a public defender in Los Angeles and the son of Mexican immigrants, was elected president of the State Bar of California on Friday, the first Latino to be chosen for that post.
Before an audience of about 200 gathered at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, 13 members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York reenacted the prosecutions of 63 Japanese-Americans who refused to report for the draft until their rights as U.S. citizens were restored.
Sen. Marco Rubio is holding up the confirmations of two African-American judicial candidates, drawing fire from the Congressional Black Caucus, which plans a Wednesday press conference and blames the lawmaker's "negligence and obstruction."
Debra Brown’s path to a federal judgeship and her chance to change Mississippi history moved forward Wednesday as the Senate Judiciary Committee heard the case for her confirmation.
Gov. Martin O’Malley, making two appointments, has named the first woman to lead what will be first female majority on Maryland’s Supreme Court. For more, see Gavel Grab.
U.W. Clemon, retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, next month will be honored by the American Bar Association with its 2013 John H. Pickering Award.