TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 22, 2016

A first-of-its-kind study of more than 10,000 current state judges shows that when it comes to race, gender and ethnicity, courts are not representative of the people they serve. Authored by Vanderbilt University law professor Tracey George and University of Toronto law professor Albert H. Yoon, the review finds that more than half of all state trial and appellate judges are white men, a rate almost double their relative number in the U.S. population; fewer than two in ten judges represent a racial or ethnic minority; women are grossly underrepresented; and women of color are the most underrepresented. In state-by-state rankings, Tennessee came in near the bottom, with a ranking of 45 out of 50. Read more or see details for each state.