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The Infinity Project’s mission is to increase the gender diversity of the state and federal bench to ensure the quality of justice in the Eighth Circuit.

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COLLABORATIVE JUDICIAL BOOTCAMP

Guides, Reports, and Toolboxes


“Judges”…Book by Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake (“This book discusses the work of judges”) 2020 Building a Diverse Bench: A Guide for Judicial Nominating Commissioners 2016 ABA Implicit Bias Toolkit 2016 The Path to the Federal Bench: A ‘How To’ Guide on Pursuing a Federal Judgeship 2011 Diversifying the Bench Guidebook: How to Become a Judicial Officer The Washington State Minority and Justice Commission 2011 Improving Judicial Diversity - Brennan Center for Justice, 2010 Building a Diverse Court: A Guide to Recruitment and Retention, 2010 Improving Diversity on State Courts: A Report from the Bench. George Mason University study conducted for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Justice at Stake, 2009




Statistics & Data


Federal Judicial Center: Federal Judge Demographics – A visual representation: Gender Federal Judicial Center: Federal Judge Demographics — A visual representation: Race Court Statistics Project Diversity of the Federal Bench: Current statistics on the gender and racial diversity of Article III courts (2020).
State Supreme Court Diversity: Brennen Center for Justice (2019.) State Court Diversity: NAWJ (2019). Gavel Gap
National Center for State Courts: Diversity of the Bench Alliance for Justice: Judicial Selection Dashboards Path to the Eighth Circuit (2012 Table) Backgrounds of Obama Appellate Appointees and District Court Appointees in the Eighth Circuit (2012 Tables)




Scholarship


Review of Judicial Merit Selection: Institutional Design and Performance for State Courts. G Goelzhauser, 2019 Picking Judges: An Introduction: Lisa Montpetit Brabbit. April 2020 Trump’s Takeover of the Courts: Lena Zwarensteyn. April 2020
Pipeline to the Bench: Women’s Legal Career: Linda Greenhouse. April 2020 The Case for Districts: Descriptive Rural Representation on State Supreme Courts: Nathaniel M. Fouch. April 2020 Pernicious Bias and Judicial Illegitimacy: Do Americans Perceive Diverse Judges as Inherently Biased? April 2020 Ebook: Open Judicial Politics: Solberg, Diascro, Walternburg. 2020 EChapter: Open Judicial Politics: Public Attitudes Towards State Courts. 2020 Book: Judicial Selection in the States: Politics and the Struggle for Reform. HM Kritzer, 2020 Examining Gender and Race Intersectionality in Public Law School Admissions and Enrollment. A Multi-Institutional Analysis, April 2020 Women of SCOTUS: An Analysis of the Different Voice Debate: JE Kraybill, Open Judicial Politics, 2020 Hastings Business Law Journal: Women and (In) Justice: The Effects of Employer Implicit Bias and Judicial Discretion on Title VII Plaintiffs: KR Coletta, (Summer 2020) Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter: A book by Infinity Founder Sally Kenney, 2012 Minnesota State Law Library: Diversity Resources Sherrilyn Ifill, “Judicial Diversity,” 13 Green Bag 2D 45, 2009 White Male Heterosexist Norms in the Confirmation Process. TM Beiner, 2011 Critical Perspectives on Gender and Judging. SJ Kenney, 2010





RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTERS

Guides, Reports, and Toolboxes


“Judges”…Book by Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake (“This book discusses the work of judges”) 2020 Building a Diverse Bench: A Guide for Judicial Nominating Commissioners 2016 ABA Implicit Bias Toolkit 2016 The Path to the Federal Bench: A ‘How To’ Guide on Pursuing a Federal Judgeship 2011 Diversifying the Bench Guidebook: How to Become a Judicial Officer The Washington State Minority and Justice Commission 2011 Improving Judicial Diversity - Brennan Center for Justice, 2010 Building a Diverse Court: A Guide to Recruitment and Retention, 2010 Improving Diversity on State Courts: A Report from the Bench. George Mason University study conducted for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Justice at Stake, 2009




Statistics & Data


Federal Judicial Center: Federal Judge Demographics – A visual representation: Gender Federal Judicial Center: Federal Judge Demographics — A visual representation: Race Court Statistics Project Diversity of the Federal Bench: Current statistics on the gender and racial diversity of Article III courts (2020).
State Supreme Court Diversity: Brennen Center for Justice (2019.) State Court Diversity: NAWJ (2019). Gavel Gap
National Center for State Courts: Diversity of the Bench Alliance for Justice: Judicial Selection Dashboards Path to the Eighth Circuit (2012 Table) Backgrounds of Obama Appellate Appointees and District Court Appointees in the Eighth Circuit (2012 Tables)




Scholarship


Review of Judicial Merit Selection: Institutional Design and Performance for State Courts. G Goelzhauser, 2019 Picking Judges: An Introduction: Lisa Montpetit Brabbit. April 2020 Trump’s Takeover of the Courts: Lena Zwarensteyn. April 2020
Pipeline to the Bench: Women’s Legal Career: Linda Greenhouse. April 2020 The Case for Districts: Descriptive Rural Representation on State Supreme Courts: Nathaniel M. Fouch. April 2020 Pernicious Bias and Judicial Illegitimacy: Do Americans Perceive Diverse Judges as Inherently Biased? April 2020 Ebook: Open Judicial Politics: Solberg, Diascro, Walternburg. 2020 EChapter: Open Judicial Politics: Public Attitudes Towards State Courts. 2020 Book: Judicial Selection in the States: Politics and the Struggle for Reform. HM Kritzer, 2020 Examining Gender and Race Intersectionality in Public Law School Admissions and Enrollment. A Multi-Institutional Analysis, April 2020 Women of SCOTUS: An Analysis of the Different Voice Debate: JE Kraybill, Open Judicial Politics, 2020 Hastings Business Law Journal: Women and (In) Justice: The Effects of Employer Implicit Bias and Judicial Discretion on Title VII Plaintiffs: KR Coletta, (Summer 2020) Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter: A book by Infinity Founder Sally Kenney, 2012 Minnesota State Law Library: Diversity Resources Sherrilyn Ifill, “Judicial Diversity,” 13 Green Bag 2D 45, 2009 White Male Heterosexist Norms in the Confirmation Process. TM Beiner, 2011 Critical Perspectives on Gender and Judging. SJ Kenney, 2010





RESOURCES FOR ASPIRING JUDGES

Mentorship


If you are interested in being a mentor to a woman seeking a judicial appointment or are a woman considering a judicial appointment that would like to be connected with a mentor, please contact Julie Morrison at 952-836-6183 or morr4871@stthomas.edu or the Honorable Mary Vasaly at mary.vasaly@courts.state.mn.us.




Judicial Appointments, Applications, Vacancies, Decision-Makers


Members of the Commission on Judicial Selection / Office of the Governor Staff working on Judicial Appointments (last updated March 2020) - Word document download




Senate Judiciary Committee Questionnaires


114th Congress (all)

113th Congress (all) Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Jane Kelly Questionnaire and Hearing Video 112th Congress (all)
  • Southern District of Iowa Stephanie Rose Questionnaire and Questions for the Record
  • Eastern District of Arkansas Kristine Baker Questionnaire and Questions for the Record
  • Western District of Missouri Mary Phillips Questionnaire and Questions for the Record
111th Congress (all)




Other Questionnaires


US Bankruptcy Court application (Word document download)





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