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No Gains Reported in Diversity of Federal Law Clerks

Posted May 4, 2012 5:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Concerns about the low number of minorities clerking for federal judges haven’t led to improvements.

The percentage of federal judicial law clerks who are black or Hispanic remained about the same for the last two fiscal years, according to new statistics released this week. The National Law Journal has the story.

The long-range federal statistics are even less encouraging. Between fiscal years 2006 and 2010, the percentage of African-Americans clerking for appeals judges dropped from 3.5 percent to 2.4 percent, while the percentage clerking for district judges dropped from 3.5 percent to 3.2 percent.

For those same years, the percentage of Hispanics clerking for appeals judges dropped from 3.1 percent to 2 percent, while the percentage clerking for district judges stayed the same at 3.3 percent.

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