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Share of Women on Courts Inches Up

By Donna Mallard | Jun. 2, 2015


Law Office Management

Jun. 2, 2015

Share of Women on Courts Inches Up

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).

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Donna Mallard

Daily Journal Staff Writer

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