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December 20, 2011

This empirical study of data published by the Fund for Modern Courts, Inc., the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and The Lawyers’ Almanac concludes that the case for the impact of judicial selection methods on the achievement of judicial office by women, Blacks, and Hispanics has been overstated and that the relationship is more complicated than previously thought.

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