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CSMonitor Piece Now Online

Posted in Weekend Reading by Mike Sacks on June 25, 2010

My cover story for this week’s Christian Science Monitor is now online:

They are fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, opera lovers and salsa dancers, long-winded pedants and quick-witted conversationalists, cancer survivors and nonagenarian swimmers, West Coasters and East Coasters, Winnebago drivers and airplane pilots. Aside from being nine of the most powerful men and women in the United States, the Supreme Court justices are also a lot like We the People.

But when we talk about the court looking like America, we also mean things such as the justices’ religions, races, genders, and sexual orientations. We mark our progress as a society by the diversity of these traits on the court. And President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan makes plain how far we’ve come, and for some, how much further we have to go.

Read the rest here.

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  1. AD said, on June 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Congratulations. This is a great read, and a valuable, wide lens through which to approach the Kagan confirmation hearings.

    Prior to the Kagan nomination, I wrote a related post about the role of race and gender in judicial decisions– both nomination decisions and the decisions of judges on the bench. While much narrower and less thorough than your appropriately sweeping article, I think it is a relevant addition to this line of discourse because it discusses a group you don’t mention– Native Americans– and a pair of studies that conclude that the difference a judge’s race or gender makes in the outcome of cases can be “enormous” and “dramatic.” It is easy to make mountains out of molehills, and even easier to make accepted truth out of the results of studies, but these conclusions, if accurate, complicate the approach of those like Viet Dinh and magnify the importance of the nomination process.

    http://questionspresented.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/a-typical-case-of-american-blind-justice

  2. [...] wrote a fantastic cover story for the Christian Science Monitor, titled “Elena Kagan: Would she turn Supreme Court into We [...]

  3. Clay said, on June 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Great piece, Mike! Regina and I are digging it!

  4. [...] Read the rest over at the Monitor’s website.  When they post the other piece, I’ll link to it.  My previous work for the Monitor is available here. [...]


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