June 23, 2016

The Gavel Gap: New Data on the Diversity of State Court Judges

2016 ACS National Convention

Kate Berry

Brennan Center for Justice
Begin: 0:00

Michele Jawando

Center for American Progress
Begin: 3:45

Hon. Peter Reyes, Jr.

Minnesota Court of Appeals
Begin: 11:59

Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Begin: 15:36

Tracey George

Vanderbilt Law School
Begin: 27:50
Recently, ACS released a one-of-a-kind dataset on the state judiciary, making available to scholars, policymakers and the public for the first time data on the biographical characteristics (including age, race and gender) of the judges on every general jurisdiction court in the United States. This panel, which includes one of the lead researchers for the study, will provide a special preview of the data and explore what reforms can be made to achieve a more diverse and effective judiciary. Are certain states doing a better job of selecting a judiciary that reflects the demographics of their residents than others? If so, what can we learn from these states? The panel will also consider the implications for the justice system of courts that do not reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
Kate Berry, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice (moderator) 
Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Tracey George, Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty; Professor of Political Science; Director, Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program, Vanderbilt Law School
Michele Jawando, Vice President, Legal Progress, Center for American Progress
Hon. Peter Reyes, Jr., Minnesota Court of Appeals