Friday, November 03, 2006

On the scarcity of female Supreme Court clerks

Supreme CourtThe poor representation of women among Supreme Court clerks, a widely noticed and hotly debated phenomenon, is the subject of an article in the National Law Journal by David Kaye and Joseph Gastwirth. Their conclusion? "[T]he numbers are not so dramatic as to establish that this year's decline is anything other than [a] 'random variation' . . . ."

Hat tip to the Science & Law Blog.


Blogger Elizabeth Weeks said...

For a comprehensive source of clerkship hire info., see

And for often amusing (but sorely needing an update) clerk gossip,
Scroll down for discussion and follow-up on Linda Greenhouse's article last summer on decline in numbers of female SCOTUS clerks.

11/03/2006 11:20 AM  
Anonymous DH Kaye said...

The NLJ editorial deals with the question of whether the 2006 figures are statistically significantly different from those of previous years. We also have attempted to determine whether the hiring by individual justices since 2000 departs from a gender-neutral model. Our analysis is available at

11/11/2006 7:33 PM  

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