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Even as more women join the state trial courts, they continue to be underrepresented.
Women have made slow progress joining California's state trial bench in recent years.
They still account for just one-third of superior court judges, who are appointed
or elected. But that's a better showing than their election rate to the state Legislature,
where as of December just 26.7 percent of the 120 members were women. Women remain
underrepresented among judges compared with their share of lawyers in California (39.4
percent as of the State Bar's most recent survey, in 2011) and of law students nationwide
(more than 46 percent since 1999).
Daily Journal Staff Writer
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