The Supreme Court’s Other Diversity Gap


Fun facts from Paul Campos:

[Supreme Court Justices’] education is even more uniform than their careers. Six attended Harvard Law School, while two others graduated from Yale.

The Court is bound to be a fairly elite institution, but that’s pretty ridiculous.

More generally, I do find myself drawn to the idea that it would make sense to move back somewhat toward our historical tradition of putting politicians on the bench. Given that it’s fairly common for American elected officials to have backgrounds as either a state Attorney-General or else as a U.S. Attorney, this idea is hardly incompatible with the basic point that a Justice needs legal expertise. Jennifer Granholm wouldn’t be a break with HLS’ domination of the bench, but combines some basic legal background (clerkship on a federal appeals court, Assistant US Attorney, Michigan Attorney-General) with political experience.