Federal Courts and Nominations

Kavanaugh Just Made History With His Astonishing Number of Female Law Clerk Hires

As many left-leaning individuals reeled from Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and its alleged implications for women, the new Supreme Court Justice became the first to hire an all-female staff of law clerks.

According to The New York Times, Kavanaugh’s additions mark the first time in history that the majority of the Supreme Court’s law clerks were female.

Kavanaugh’s clerks included Kim Jackson, who worked for him when he was an appeals court judge. The other three women included Shannon Grammel and Megan Lacy who previously worked for appeals court judges appointed by Republicans.

His other pick, Sara Nommensen, was one of his students at Harvard. Nommenson was one of the students who signed a letter defending Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We may have differing views on political issues surrounding the confirmation process, but we all agree on one thing: Judge Kavanaugh is a rigorous thinker, a devoted teacher, and a gracious person,” the letter, signed by Kavanaugh’s former students, read.

As the Times noted, Kavanaugh had already chosen these women before his confirmation and revealed in his confirmation hearing that he wanted to hire more female staffers in order to make up for their under-representation as clerks on the Court.

Kavanaugh also touted his own record of having women in the majority of his law clerk positions.

“A majority of my 48 law clerks over the last 12 years have been women,” he said.  While serving on the D.C. Circuit, he hired slightly more women (25) than men (23) as law clerks.

His personnel choices gathered praise from Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List.

But that apparently wasn’t enough for Elizabeth B. Wydra, who headed the Constitutional Accountability Center, which opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“I applaud in general a commitment to hiring a diverse group of clerks, and hope all the justices encourage applicants of color, women and those with backgrounds beyond the usual elite,” she reportedly said.

“Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot more than female clerks to undo the damage to the legitimacy of the court done by this travesty of a confirmation process.”

“Women will feel much more confident in the court when their fundamental rights are protected and their equal dignity is respected in the rulings handed down by the justices,” she added.

During his confirmation battle, many left-leaning groups portrayed Kavanaugh as a disaster for women, citing the multiple sexual assault allegations he faced and the fact that he would likely vote to weaken legal protections for abortion access.

And amid concerns that Kavanaugh’s judgeship would hurt individuals who are African-American, he reportedly appointed as many African-American staffers as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did during her more than two decades on the Court.

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