California Federal Court Home To First All-Female Bench

The federal district court based out of Oakland, Calif. is the first major federal courthouse in which all the judges are female – both lifetime appointees and magistrates (who serve eight-year terms). Among the six women on the Northern District of California are five women of color, one of whom is also the first out lesbian on the court, according to the Recorder. Another was a former black police officer who started her career as one of four women in a 700-person office, and another a former corporate lawyer who was the first Latina partner at her firm. President Obama has added record diversity to the federal courts with his judicial nominations, but federal courts in a number of states, including Idaho, Alabama, Georgia, Montana and Illinois, have never had a single female federal judge.