“Minority group members and women are underrepresented on New York’s state court bench, a recent survey has concluded. The study by the American Constitution Society, “The Gavel Gap: Who Sits in Judgment on State Courts,” found that roughly 46 percent of New York state judges were women or minorities as of the end of 2014, compared with 72 percent of the state’s population. The state ranked 16th among the states for diversity.Approximately 32.2 percent of state judges were women, compared to their 51.4 percent share of the population. That was good for a ranking of 14th.But New York’s ranking for minorities lagged at 24th. About 24.1 percent of state judges were minorities, compared to 43.5 percent of the population.” 

Source: Katheryn Hayes Tucker and Jeff Storey. “Judiciary Does Not Reflect NYS Population, Report Says.” New York Law Journal. June 28, 2016. 


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