Alliance for Justice’s Building the Bench Initiative is launching a new virtual conversation series highlighting the importance of experiential and demographic diversity for America's courts: May I Approach? Courts and the Power of Inclusion. Join Alliance for Justice Wednesday, July 1 at 6:00pm ET for the inaugural May I Approach? The Impact of Black Women as Appellate Judges. Currently, only 8 black women sit as justices on state Supreme Courts. In the entire 230 year history of Article III Courts, only 8 of 794 federal appellate judges have been black women. No black women has ever been nominated to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
Building the Bench Advisory Council member, Melissa Murray, Professor & Faculty Director of the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network at NYU School of Law, and co-host of the Strict Scrutiny Podcast, will moderate our discussion. Professor Murray will be joined by The Honorable Justice Adrienne Nelson, the first African-American to sit on the Oregon Supreme Court; Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean of the Howard University School of Law; and The Honorable Bernice B. Donald, United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and the first Black woman elected judge in the state of Tennessee. The conversation will explore the current landscape of diversity among appellate judges, the opportunities and systemic obstacles to increasing representation of black women on courts of appeal, and why we must broaden the demographic and experiential backgrounds represented on the bench.
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