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Unformatted text preview: Federal judges Most of the federal judges in the United States come from a special segment of the nation's middle and upper classes: the cultural elite. Many are private school and Ivy League graduates who come from socially prominent and politically influential families with a tradition of public service. It is not a coincidence that all of the justices on the 1998 U.S. Supreme Court received their law degrees from the most prestigious law schools in the United States—Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Northwestern, and Columbia. Being a racial minority citizen and/or a woman is not an advantage for one seeking to become a federal judge. Federal judges are overwhelmingly old, white, male, and Protestant. The number of women and racial minorities on the federal bench has always been small in comparison to the representation of these groups in the general population. In the history of the Supreme Court, only representation of these groups in the general population....
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course CJ 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09