Implicit Gender Bias in State-Sponsored Judicial Performance Evaluations: A Preliminary Analysis of Colorado's JPE System, 2002-2012

29 Pages Posted: 26 May 2013

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Rebecca D. Gill

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kenneth Retzl

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Date Written: April 11, 2013

Abstract

The Colorado system of judicial performance evaluations is the Cadillac of JPEs; they spend more money on their system than other states, and their system has been designed by experts. Even still, disparities in the scores of female and male judges persist. These disparities cannot be explained away using objective measures of judicial performance. The gap appears in the attorney survey stage. The commission's recommendations are based largely on the recommendations from these problematic attorney surveys. What's more, the commission adds another layer of gender bias on top of that included in the attorney surveys.

Keywords: judicial performance evaluation, gender bias, implicit bias

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Gill, Rebecca D. and Retzl, Kenneth, Implicit Gender Bias in State-Sponsored Judicial Performance Evaluations: A Preliminary Analysis of Colorado's JPE System, 2002-2012 (April 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2270376 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2270376

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Kenneth Retzl

University of Nevada, Las Vegas ( email )

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Las Vegas, NV 89154
United States

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