Women Lawyers at the Supreme Court

by Angela N. Johnson

The title would lead you to believe I am referring to Justices O’Connor, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan. With all but O’Connor now serving, 3 of the 9 justices of the highest court of the land are women. 3/9 or 33.33% is a pretty phenomenal number considering it wasn’t until 1981 that there were any women on the bench at all.  Yet, just 15% of the court’s cases are argued by female litigators. According to an ABA Journal article, the most appearances by any female lawyer are those of Beatrice Rosenberg who served as a Justice Department lawyer in the 50’s and 60’s. Washington litigator, Lisa Blatt has the most appearances (30) of any living woman litigator.Moreover, women have represented just 1/3 of Supreme Court law clerks and six of the 20 lawyers in the Solicitor General’s Office are women.

For more statistics, be sure to check out my “Stats at a Glance” page.


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