A boys' club?

September 17, 2010
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This post was written by IL managing editor Elizabeth Brockett.

Indiana still remains one of two states – the other being Idaho – that has no women justices. None.

Gov. Mitch Daniels announced that Boone Circuit Judge Steven David will succeed Justice Theodore Boehm on the Indiana Supreme Court. Nothing against Judge David, but what about diversity and the court looking like the people it serves?

Our population is 50.7 percent female in Indiana and nationwide by U.S. Census Bureau 2009 estimates. You’d think there’d be at least one woman – if not more – already on the court.

So, what are your thoughts about our Supreme Court continuing to be all male … is it a boys’ club?


 

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  • Maybe... Maybe Not
    It's true that I'd like to see Indiana with a female justice. However, Governor Daniels should not have picked a woman solely because of a gender imbalance in the court. Judge David will make an excellent justice, and the fact that he is not a woman will not somehow make him less wise. When the governor is presented with a top three, the best of which is a woman, I have no doubts that he will choose her. Until then, gender is not a sufficient criteria by itself.
  • irrelevant
    I totally oppose this kind of affirmative action head counting observation. Seek qualified judges and leave the demographics to statisticians. I'll make this comment anonymous since apparently lawyer free speech just aint what it used to be.

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