The U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan has been criticized by some Republican senators because she has no judicial experience -- but a lack of judicial credentials is no surprise on state Supreme Courts and neither is a strong showing of gender diversity. The National Center for State Courts' latest research shows that 85 percent of state courts of last resort -- 46 of 53 -- include at least one member who came to the court without prior judicial experience.
State Supreme Courts Have Many Judges Outside the 'Judicial Monastery'
The National Law Journal
May 13, 2010