Max Carter-Oberstone has published on LinkedIn a statistical study about the gender diversity of attorneys who argued before the California Supreme Court in calendar year 2019.  He concludes that the state court’s diversity is “not as bad as the U.S. Supreme Court, but we could be doing a lot better.”

Some key points:

  • In 2019, 35 percent of California Supreme Court advocates were women, as compared to 21 percent of the advocates during the 2018 SCOTUS October term.
  • Women made up higher percentages — but still minorities — of solo practitioner and government advocates than of private firm advocates.
  • The relative lack of a specialized bar might partially explain “why women comprise a greater share of advocates at the California Supreme Court vs. the U.S. Supreme Court.”