Diversity in the Courts

For the first time in history we now have three women Justices serving on the Supreme Court. Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan is our latest candidate sworn in last week. One of them is latina, and also for the first time ever there are no Protestants, six Catholics and three Jews. Are we moving in the right direction? I think so. Diversity in gender, backgrounds and experience gives the Supreme Court different challenges that we have not had in the past. With women serving, they will look at situations a little differently than maybe the men. I read an article where a teenage girl was stripped searched at school, because they thought she had drugs. She felt violated, embarrassed and also was innocent. Her family has a law suit against the school system in that state. I don’t think or believe that a male judge or any male would understand what that would feel like. Especially a teenager, with emotions already out of the norm. The Courts are often the last resort for women and minorities who are seeking justice and protection from the government or other interest groups. The decisions by the court affect all of us. I’m glad to know we may be heading in the right direction. “Let us continue to work to make progress in making our courts more diverse, as “we the people” strive for a more perfect union.” (President Obama, msnbc)


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I'm pursuing a degree in Social Work.
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One Response to Diversity in the Courts

  1. AP says:

    I am curious to hear your thoughts on the religious diversity (or lack thereof) on the Supreme Court. You mentioned that there are currently six Catholic Justices, and three Jewish Justices. In your opinion, would it be beneficial to the American Public to have more diversity of beliefs on the court? For instance, there has been some conversation amongst conservative legislators about overturning Roe v. Wade and making abortion illegal. This tends to be an issue that triggers passionate responses from both sides of the House, however it is a “value” of the Catholic faith to argue against abortion. As a women’s health issue, one would hope that having more female justices would help avoid the overturning of Roe v. Wade, however, religion tends to play a larger role in women’s views on abortion than gender.

    What about athiests or agnostics? In your opinion, would they provide more just judgements as they are not swayed by the teachings of a particular faith? Or would you be more comfortable knowing that your Justices are guided by a higher faith-based set of morals?

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