CBS News: Supreme Court search highlights calls for educational diversity on the bench

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Melissa Quinn

This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on February 8, 2022.

Through his picks to the federal judiciary, Mr. Biden has sought to address a gap in the legal professions represented on the bench, with 30% of his judicial nominees in 2021 having worked as public defenders, according to the Alliance for Justice, a liberal judicial advocacy organization. 

The president also broke the record for the total number of public defenders nominated to the federal circuit courts, with six of his circuit court nominees having that experience. Seventy-three percent of Mr. Biden’s nominees are women, and nearly 65% are people of color, according to the Alliance for Justice.

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