Building a More Diverse Judicial Branch
February 20 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Those who are appointed to serve on the bench must be qualified, fair, and impartial. They must also be diverse. Every day, federal courts decide cases critical to our rights — from healthcare to voting to immigration, and it is important that we pay attention to who sits on those courts. It has long been the case that the federal judiciary was lacking in diversity, but under the Trump administration, this phenomenon has been exacerbated.
When President Trump came into office, he declined to re-nominate several diverse nominees for the federal bench who had been slow walked by the Senate. As documented in a study by the Center for American Progress, 12 pending judicial nominees of color from the previous administration were eventually replaced by white male nominees during the current administration. Overall, 85% of the confirmed lifetime judges during this administration have been white and 64% have been white men. The current administration has yet to nominate an African American candidate to the circuit courts. Overall, the judiciary has trended toward a whiter and more male dominated federal bench. Currently, 73% of all active lifetime judges are white and 66% are men, while only 10% of the active lifetime judges are women of color.
There are examples nearly daily of how courts impact our lives. We look forward to discussing how participants can learn more about the judicial nominations process and become more engaged on this topic to help build a fair judiciary.
Speaker: Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Campaign Director at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights