In entire court term, justices see 1 black lawyer

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Associated Press

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Updated Sunday, May 12 at 8:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over 11 minutes.

The numbers were marginally better for Hispanic lawyers. Women accounted for just over 17 percent of the arguments before the justices.

There are three women, a Hispanic and an African-American on the court, and white men constitute a bare majority of the nine justices. So the court is more diverse than the lawyers who argue before it.

The numbers generally reflect the largely white and male upper reaches of the biggest and richest private law firms. But they also reveal a lack of African-American and Hispanic lawyers in the Justice Department unit that represents the government at the court.

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