Under pressure from Congress, the federal judiciary is ramping up efforts to hire more minority law clerks at the district and appeals court levels, while acknowledging that “there is significant room for improvement” in the diversity of clerks.

The Judicial Conference of the United States offered that assessment as part of a response to questions from a House budget subcommittee last year about the dearth of minority law clerks. The judiciary’s policymaking body also compiled statistics on the percentage of minority law clerks during the past seven years — statistics that have not been widely publicized before now.

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