Reuters: Biden shunning ABA’s gatekeeper role is plus for judicial diversity

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Hassan Kanu


Racial Equity

This excerpt is from a piece that originally ran on February 9, 2021.

The group has played an important role in assessing judicial nominees for decades, and “has been a leader in the fight for rule of law and quality legal services,” said Daniel Goldberg, legal director of progressive judicial advocacy group Alliance for Justice.

“However, just as the Bush and Trump administrations ensured the ABA did not have an oversized and privileged role in judges’ nominations, we welcome the Biden administration ensuring the ABA is just one of many organizations assessing nominees.”

Both anecdotal evidence and studies have demonstrated that “too often the ABA did have implicit biases” influencing its evaluations, Goldberg added.

Read the complete piece on Reuter’s Westlaw.