Since the days of Daniel Webster and Francis Scott Key, U.S. Supreme Court advocacy has been dominated by white men. It took until 1993 for a ladies’ room to be installed near the lawyers’ lounge at the Court.
But change has arrived in the upper echelons of Supreme Court practice. Last month’s announcement that former acting solicitor general Walter Dellinger was turning over the reins of O’Melveny & Myers’ prestigious appellate practice to Sri Srinivasan, born in India and raised in Kansas, is just the latest sign that diversity is blossoming where before there was almost none.
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