Recent research has revived concern about a persistent and undeniable aspect of U.S. Supreme Court practice: Women are significantly underrepresented among the ranks of advocates who argue before the court.
From 2012 through the term that ended in June, just under 18 percent of the advocates before the high court were women, according to Adam Feldman of Empirical SCOTUS. Only 13 percent of lawyers arguing for the parties in a case were women, while women made up almost a third of those arguing amicus curiae. And when female lawyers from the federal government are taken out of the equation, only 11 percent of advocates on the merits were women.
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