Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Prof. Albert Yoon has co-authored a comprehensive report with Tracey George of Vanderbilt University that examines whether US state judges reflect the demographics of their state in terms of gender and people of colour. "The Gavel Gap: Who Sits in Judgement on State Courts?" gives each US state a grade on this basis, with 26 states receiving an "F" grade because women and people of colour are severely under-represented among state court judges.

In order to create the report, the authors developed a dataset of more than 10,000 current sitting judges on state courts of general jurisdiction.

See the full report at http://gavelgap.org/