Monday, October 10, 2011

Federal Appellate Judges: Gender and Race Stats

True or False?
Only one active U.S. Court of Appeals judge is Asian American.
Men outnumber women by more than two to one on the U.S. Court of Appeals active bench.
A Native American has never served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge.

All three of these statements are true.

As shown on the attached charts, the most under-represented groups among the 162 active federal appellate judges today are women, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. Whites and men are over-represented.

Gender and Race/Ethnicity Charts (two pages)

For more detailed statistics on female federal judges, please see this recent post from the National Women's Law Center. For more on current efforts to diversify the federal judiciary in general, please see this article from the Associated Press.