19 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2016 Last revised: 14 Mar 2017
Date Written: October 4, 2016
Arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court is considered one of the most prestigious accomplishments in a litigator’s career. However, during the last five terms, women consistently make up less than one fifth of this elite club. This article takes a closer look at the advocates that argued before the Supreme Court during the 2015-2016 term as well as those who appeared more than once in a given term over the past six years. It explores the possible causes of the deficit in women advocates including gender disparity in Supreme Court clerkship experience. It strives to start a dialogue about how the gender gap in Supreme Court advocacy can be closed.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Mika (née Mullins), Jennifer, The Noteworthy Absence of Women Advocates at the United States Supreme Court (October 4, 2016). American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2848019