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Judicial Panel: Judicial Clerkships and Diversity

  • 12/31/2020
  • Online Video Series

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Judicial Panel: Judicial Clerkships and Diversity  

Panelist Include:

  • Christine Arguello - judge for USDC-CO, founder of Law School Yes We Can
  • Gail Howard - Program Director of the ABA's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program
  • Gary Jackson (moderator) - Denver County Court judge and strong advocate for increasing diversity on the bench
  • Arash Jahanian - staff attorney for ACLU-CO and former law clerk of Judge Wiley Daniel.
  • Tony Mauro - journalist who covers the US Supreme Court,.

In 1998, USA Today wrote an article discussing the lack of diverse law clerks in the Supreme Court and the impact this has on both the perception of justice and on the future these clerks, professionally.  This article, and the follow-up 20 years later (which did not show much change in the racial makeup) continue to make the public aware of this problem, not just in the Supreme Court but other courts, and why this issue affects all of us.  Join this distinguished panel as they discuss issues related to the lack of diverse law clerks, how it affects the public's perception of justice, and potential solutions to this issue, including the Mansfield Rule.  

At the end of this session, participants will:

·         Understand how a lack of diverse judicial law clerks impacts the legal profession and the public’s confidence in the law.

·         Understand the barriers, including implicit bias, diverse candidates face when applying for judicial clerkships.

·         Become aware of programs and potential solutions that will address this scarcity of talent.

David Lat, A Concrete Proposal For Improving Diversity In Law Clerk Hiring: Here's an excellent idea, from Judge Vince Chhabria (N.D. Cal.)., Above the Law, 2019,https://abovethelaw.com/2019/01/a-concrete-proposal-for-improving-diversity-in-law-clerk-hiring/ (last visited Jul 24, 2019)

Anthony Mauro, Supreme Court clerks are overwhelmingly white and male. Just like 20 years ago., USAToday, 2018,https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/01/08/supreme-court-clerks-overwhelmingly-white-male-just-like-20-years-ago-tony-mauro-column/965945001/ (last visited Jul 24, 2019)

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