Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson and Jordan S. Rubin write in Bloomberg Law, "If a lawyer argued a case at the U.S. Supreme Court this term, chances are it was a man. An 85 percent chance, to be exact.
The court is currently at the midpoint of its 2018 term, which runs from October to June. But of the 112 appearances made by advocates at the podium so far this term, only 17 were made by women.
The 15 percent of appearances made by women this term are on par with recent terms, which has ranged from 12 percent to 21 percent since 2011, according to SCOTUSblog.
Last term’s 19 appearances by women were the fewest of all those terms.
Part of the disparity can be attributed to the fact that Supreme Court arguments are dominated by veteran attorneys—those that have argued more than five cases in front of the high court. Of this term’s 112 appearances, just over half—62—were argued by veterans, a group that is mostly male. Only 5 of the veterans who argued are women." READ MORE>>