Judges And Experts Say Judiciary Needs Greater Racial And Gender Diversity

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Judges from all levels of the U.S. court system and legal experts told a congressional panel Thursday that the federal judiciary needed greater racial and gender diversity.

“I feel there is a cost when voices are missing from the room,” U.S. District Judge Edward Chen told the House Judiciary subcommittee on courts, intellectual property and the internet. “That cost isn’t theoretical, it is real. Diversity makes for a better judiciary, that in turn helps fulfill our promise for justice for all.”

Judges shared anecdotes from their own experiences dealing with diversity in the courts, cited cases where the diversity of judges impacted the outcome of cases and discussed the overwhelming whiteness of judges in the judicial branch.

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