Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hess on Female Appointees to the Federal Bench, 1970-2014

I believe we missed, when it was first posted, The Collapse of the House that Ruth Built: The Impact of the Feeder System on Female Judges and the Federal Judiciary, 1970-2014 by Alexandra G. Hess, a Yale Llaw student whi is now an associate at Paul Weiss.  It recently appeared in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law 24 (2015): 61-106:
This paper examines the evolving role of feeder judges in Supreme Court clerkships from 1970 to 2014. Using extensive empirical analyses, this paper reveals how an increasingly small number of ‘super feeders’ determine access to the vast majority of Supreme Court clerk positions, a system that excludes female judges. This increasingly narrow pool of feeder judges is the result of a confluence of factors, including: high levels of feeding along political party lines, an increasing applicant pool, and the attachment of career-long benefits to a Supreme Court clerkship.