Clerkship diversity gap

Despite efforts for new black judicial clerks, percentages going down.

, The National Law Journal


More than a decade after minority groups first started pushing for more diversity among federal law clerks, legislators on Capitol Hill are questioning why the latest statistics from the federal courts show a move in the opposite direction.

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  • ColorBlindJustice

    With out-of-wedlcok birthrates among blacks and Hispanics in excess of 70 percent, why would anyone expect minority representation among academically elite clerks to increase? We all know that children born and raised without fathers are far more likely than children raised in two-parent families to grow up poor, without educational resources around the home, develop learning disabilities and ultimately fail in school. Clerks, on the other hand, are some of the brightest and most academically accomplished young people America produces. Short of forcing the issue with racial quotas, no one should realistically expect much diversity among clerks until minorities become more academically competitive,

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