Supreme Court Clerkships
August 30, 2006 at 11:05 AM
An article by Linda Greenhouse in today’s New York Times notes a precipitous drop in the number of female clerks working for U.S. Supreme Court justices this term: “Women Suddenly Scarce Among Justices’ Clerks” (August 30, 2006). Although almost half of U.S. law school graduates in 2005 were women, there are only seven women among this year’s 37 Supreme Court clerks, half as many female clerks as there were last year at this time. A chart accompanying the Greenhouse article ranks Justices according to each one’s percentage of female clerks since the year 2000. A majority of Justice Breyer’s clerks since 2000 have been women, 15 out of 28. Forty-six percent of Justices Ginsburg and O’Connor’s clerks were women during the same period. Justice Scalia has had two female clerks since the 2000-2001 term.