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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

NY Times on Decline of Women Supreme Court Clerks

Interesting article in today's New York Times:  Women Suddenly Scarce Among Justices’ Clerks, by Linda Greenhouse:

Gender_1Everyone knows that with the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the number of female Supreme Court justices fell by half. The talk of the court this summer, with the arrival of the new crop of law clerks, is that the number of female clerks has fallen even more sharply.

Just under 50 percent of new law school graduates in 2005 were women. Yet women account for only 7 of the 37 law clerkships for the new term, the first time the number has been in the single digits since 1994, when there were 4,000 fewer women among the country’s new law school graduates than there are today.

Last year at this time, there were 14 female clerks.

(Hat Tip:  Ann Hubbard.)

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There is a statistical analysis of this on the science and law blog (, but it is deficient in several respects.

Posted by: David Kaye | Sep 1, 2006 10:14:12 AM