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Did you ever need to know something – quickly – about a federal judge whose opinion you’ve just read or before whom you’re going to appear? Look no further than the Federal Judicial Center’s comprehensive and fully searchable biography site located at http://air.fjc.gov/history/judges_frm.html. The site provides basic information, including birth date, appointing president, and prior experience, for every federal judge who has ever served. It involved a prodigious amount of research by FJC staffers and some helpful academics who donated their databases and insights. As Legal Times and Law.com Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro, who ran the numbers, points out, the site provides a sobering snapshot of the historical lack of diversity in the judiciary, as 2,625 judges have been male, 194 female, 125 African-American, 58 Hispanic, and 13 Asian-American. The site is also full of judge trivia: I learned, for example, that it wasn’t until 1971 that a majority of sitting Supreme Court justices had prior service as lower federal court judges.

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