Citing a lack of diversity in geographical origin, educational background, and previous life experience among Supreme Court justices, noted judicial scholar and professor Daniel Meador is urging Congress to reject future nominees who don’t bring greater diversity to the court.
Meador has sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy calling for the passage of a resolution urging presidents to select diverse nominees and calling on the committee to look unfavorably on nominees who don’t meet the criteria for diversity specified in the resolution. The Blog of Legal Times has the details.
Former Justice John Paul Stevens recently weighed in on this issue as well. He told the Houston Chronicle that he would like to see more justices from the West and Midwest and not as many from the Ivy League schools. He also stated that there should be more justices with different backgrounds (i.e. former legislators) on the court because they provide different insights during the justices’ group discussions.