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15 De Novo: Newsl. L. Libr. La. 1 (2018)

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GENDER & RACIAL DIVERSITY OF LOUISIANAS JUDGES
by Miriam Childs


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From left to right: Heather L. Johnson, research assistant professor, Newcomb College Institute; ChiefJustice
Bernettef Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court; Caroline Fredrickson, president oftheAmerican Constitution
Society; ChiefJudge Carl E. Stewart, U S. Court ofAppeals for the Fifth Circuit; Sally J Kenney, executive
director ofNewcomb College Institute; and David D. Meyer, dean of Tulane Law School


        I'                      followed  the   presentation
O    n Thursday, January  25,   of a report published by the
2018, Chief  Justice Bernette   Newcomb College Institute
Johnson     participated   in   entitled The Gender and Race
a  panel  discussion on  the    of Louisianak Judges  1992-
gender  and racial diversity of 2017,  authored  by  Sally J.
the Louisiana  judiciary. She   Kenney, professor of political
was  joined  by Chief  Judge    science and Executive Direc-
Carl  E.  Stewart, from  the    tor of the Newcomb  College
U.  S. Fifth  Circuit  Court Institute,   and   Heather   L.
of  Appeals,   and  Caroline   Johnson,    research    assis-
Fredrickson, President of the   tant professor. Data   from
American      Constitutional    the Louisiana  Secretary  of
Society. The panel  was held    State's office was  used  to
at Tulane  Law   School  and    compile  the report's statis-
was  attended  by  over  200    tics. All levels of the judi-
people.                         ciary were  covered  -   city
                                courts, parish courts, district
TIhe     panel     discussion   courts, appellate courts, the


Louisiana   Supreme   Court,
and  federal courts.

The   statistics show that
more  women   and non-white
judges  are members   of the
judiciary in  2017   than  in
1992,  but  much of those
gains  came   from   Orleans
Parish. In 1992, women  held
22 out of a total of 215 seats
in all state courts, about 10%;
by  2017, women held 116
out  of 367  seats, or about
30%.  For  non-white  judges
in  1992, 32  held seats out
of 215 total, about 15%; and
in 2017, 87 held seats out of
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