June 24, 2013 9:00 AM
With almost 80 vacancies on the federal district and appellate courts, the judicial selection process is the focus of public attention. Sally J. Kenney, Tulane University professor of political science and executive director of the Newcomb College Institute, has been researching the judiciary for more than a decade. But she’s more than just an observer. She advocates for a diverse and representative bench that includes qualified women jurists.
“Women wait longer than men for hearings and confirmation votes, and are more likely to be filibustered rather than voted on, despite being rated as well qualified by the American Bar Association.”Kenney recently joined members of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, along with a broad spectrum of legal experts and community leaders from 30 states, as a coalition called Courts Matter, for a White House Forum on Judicial Selection. Kenney hosted 50 members of the coalition from other states at a conference in New Orleans in January.
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