Congratulations to Justice Wilhelmina Wright, who will be sworn in today as the first black woman on Minnesota’s highest court. Unfortunately, Justice Wright traveled an infrequently trodden path to achieve this position. According to 2010 data from the American Bar Association, just 9 percent of all judges on their state’s court of last resort are African-American, 3 percent are Latino and 1 percent are Asian or Pacific Islanders. No Native Americans served on a state’s highest court in 2010.
Minnesota’s First African-American Woman Justice Sworn In Today