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Clerkship diversity gap – Minority clerk applicants face extra hurdles

Debra M. Strauss, J.D., associate professor of Business Law, Dolan School of Business, was interviewed by Todd Ruger, Capitol Hill Reporter, for an article on diversity of law clerks in the federal courts.  A few weeks ago on Capitol Hill, few Congressional representatives questioned the federal judges testifying there about the lack of diversity in the law clerk representation in the judiciary and how that can be changed. As the author of the definitive book on judicial clerkships, Dr. Strauss commented and analyzed the recent statistics in comparison to the years she studied this issue as the director of a national study on judicial clerkships: The 2005 to 2009 statistics suggest “a troubling trend” that is cause for concern and worthy of more study, said Debra Strauss, a former law clerk who published a study on law clerk diversity in 2000 and is now an associate professor of business law at Fairfield University.

Published in The National Law Journal on 4/23/12

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