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Justice Brett Kavanaugh First With All-Female Clerks

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By    |   Monday, 08 October 2018 12:54 PM

Justice Brett Kavanaugh fulfilled his confirmation process promise to be the first on the Supreme Court to have an all-female law clerk team, The Washington Times reported.

Four women comprise the team in helping prep Justice Kavanaugh for his first day on the bench Tuesday.

"He's been promoting professional opportunities for women his entire career," Justice Kavanaugh confirmation aide Porter Wilkinson told The New York Times.

In another Supreme Court first, there are now more women than men serving as clerks throughout, a long way from 2006 when just seven of 37 clerks were women, according to the Times.

"A majority of my 48 law clerks over the last 12 years have been women," Kavanaugh had told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "In my time on the bench, no federal judge — not a single one in the country — has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have."

But Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) – a liberal group that opposed Kavanaugh's nomination – is not necessarily satisfied.

"I applaud in general a commitment to hiring a diverse group of clerks, and hope all the justices encourage applicants of color, women and those with backgrounds beyond the usual elite," CAC president Elizabeth B. Wydra told the Times. "Unfortunately, it's going to take a lot more than female clerks to undo the damage to the legitimacy of the court done by this travesty of a confirmation process.

"Women will feel much more confident in the court when their fundamental rights are protected and their equal dignity is respected in the rulings handed down by the justices."

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