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Race, gender, sexuality, and the politics of the American judiciary

Author: Samantha L Hernandez; Sharon Ann Navarro
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
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"The judicial system in a liberal democracy is deemed to be an independent branch of government with judges free from political agendas or societal pressures. In reality, judges are often influenced by their economic and social backgrounds, gender, race, religion, and sexuality. This volume explores the representation of different identities in the judiciary in the United States. The contributors investigate the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Race, gender, sexuality, and the politics of the American judiciary.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018023530
(OCoLC)1038477826
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samantha L Hernandez; Sharon Ann Navarro
ISBN: 9781108673334 1108673333
OCLC Number: 1060605520
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Contents; Figures; Tables; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Political Minorities in the Judiciary; Outline of the Book; References; 1 Qualification, Selection, and Retirement Characteristics of Women, Minorities, and Minority-Women State Supreme Court Judges; Introduction; The Importance of Diversity on the Bench; Characteristics of Minority, Women, and Minority-Women Judges; Qualification Characteristics; Summary: Similarities and Differences in Qualifications; Selection Characteristics. Personal Background, Identity, and Civic EngagementCurrent Position and Experiences; Reflections on Leadership Roles in Social and Political Context; 3 Structural and Partisan Effects on the Ascension of Women of Color to State Appellate Courts; Descriptive Representation in State Appellate Courts; Appellate Selection Arrangements; Explaining Effects of Race and Gender in State Judicial Selection; Hypotheses, Data, and Methods; Results; Conclusion; References; 4 LGBT Judges in the United States; Group Representation in Government; Public Attitudes on LGBT Judges; Scope of Representation. Paths to the Bench: Mini Case StudiesConclusion; References; 5 Race, Gender, and the Battle to Seat Constance Baker Motley, the First Black Woman Appointed to the Federal Bench; Introduction; Race, Gender, and the Federal Judicial Selection Process; Constance Baker Motley before She Was a Federal Judge; Constance Baker Motley's Failed Nomination to the Second Circuit; First Nomination; Opposition to Motley's Almost-Appointment to the Second Circuit; If at First You Don't Succeed ... Constance Baker Motley's Second Nomination; Second Nomination. The Confirmation Process and Controversies Surrounding Motley's District Court AppointmentSecond Time's the Charm?; Lessons; Conclusion; References; 6 Diversity Abound: Will Federal Judicial Appointees Mirror a Changing Citizenry?; Literature on Women and Minorities in the Federal Judiciary; Judicial Pipeline Theory; Methodology; Survey and Interview Findings; General Background Information; Nominating President, Political Party Affiliation, and Judicial Ideology; Perspectives on Diversity within the Federal Judiciary; Discussion and Conclusions.
Responsibility: edited by Samantha L. Hernandez, Arizona State University [and] Sharon A. Navarro, University of Texas San Antonio.

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