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The Benefits of Judicial Diversity

Monday, June 27, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Do judges’ backgrounds affect their decisions? Do judges from different backgrounds decide differently? Or is it accurate, to paraphrase former Justice O'Connor’s famous statement, that a wise female or minority judge will come to the same conclusion as a wise male judge? Are there specific types of cases where it makes more or less of a difference? How do women and minority judges experience diversity in the court (or the lack thereof)? And how do litigants and attorneys feel about diversity on the bench? In short, does diversity on the bench matter? And if so, how do we achieve it?

Join us for a presentation and panel discussion that addresses these timely issues. With five SJC appointments in the near future and many other openings on the bench – and recent political discourse about judges’ race, gender, ethnicity, and religion - these questions, and a fulsome exploration of the answers, matter for anyone who litigates and/or cares about our judiciary.

This program is being co-sponsored by the Women's Bar Association.


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Julia Carvalho


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