Paul L. Caron

Sunday, August 25, 2019

A New Push To Solve The Mystery Of Low Numbers Of Minority Law Clerks

National Law Journal, A New Push to Solve the Mystery of Low Numbers of Minority Law Clerks:

A new effort is underway to find the answer to a quandary that has long vexed the federal judiciary: why so few minorities serve as law clerks.

California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has joined former judge and Federal Judicial Center director Jeremy Fogel, and the American Bar Foundation, to delve into the question and come up with positive solutions for judges, law students, professors and other players in the law clerk hiring process.

Liu and Fogel acknowledge that the project is not an easy undertaking. Remarkably little data on the subject is available. And the issue itself is touchy; even judges who want to hire more minority clerks are sometimes uneasy about seeking them out or discussing their hiring process.

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Because the courts don’t need the pictures for admissions brochures or public relations.

And when it counts, RBG-minded judges conclude that being able to maximally, legally justify Roe v. Wade matters a lot more than a Skittles rainbow.

Plus, all the minority clerks that are capable of doing the job are putting their talents to more lucrative purposes.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 25, 2019 10:39:46 AM

I doubt much as changed from 2010. Judges hire from the Ivy league colleges first and most likely from the top 10 percent of the class.

Posted by: Brian | Aug 25, 2019 10:40:30 AM

Why didn’t Obama clerk? Better things to do.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 25, 2019 10:41:13 AM

The fix would be easy. Have a single pass to filter law clerks by their judicial stance. Then let a race-blind lottery decide.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Aug 26, 2019 3:39:38 PM

How odd that the Left gets upset and confused when minority students choose their own careers rather than doing as they are expected and told.

Posted by: Woody | Aug 29, 2019 9:50:05 AM