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Salon Quotes Professor Lisa McElroy on Gender Imbalance in Supreme Court Bar

July 18, 2013

Professor Lisa McElroy was quoted in a July 16 Salon article on the advantage men have historically held, both as appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court and as attorneys who argue before it. 

“There’s a very small and elite Supreme Court bar that argues very regularly before the court,” McElroy said. “I can pick off on 10 fingers who they are, and almost all are men.”  

The article cites a recent analysis by the Associated Press, which found that female attorneys made about 17 percent of the arguments heard by the Supreme Court in the past term and notes that male clerks continue to outnumber female clerks at the high court.