Report Claims ABA Biased on Race, Gender in Judicial Recommendations

A new working paper by political scientist Maya Sen from the University of Rochester finds that the American Bar Association has for the past 50 years been systematically less likely to recommend the judicial confirmations of women or racial minorities than that of white men, the Washington Post reports. Sen focuses on nominations to the District Courts, the lowest level of federal courts, in part because the sheer number of seats means that there’s more information to mine than there is for appeals court or Supreme Court nominations.