Ginsburg credits Kavanaugh for helping boost number of female Supreme Court clerks

Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave credit to her fellow Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, touting the court’s newest member for boosting the number of female law clerks serving the court.

Ginsburg, in prepared remarks to a conference for judges in New York, noted that while women have made progress toward equal representation among the court’s clerks, there are areas where improvements are still needed.

“Justice Kavanaugh made history by bringing on board an all-female law clerk crew. Thanks to his selections, the Court has this Term, for the first time ever, more women than men serving as law clerks,” she said, according to remarks released by the court.{mosads}

“[But] women did not fare nearly as well as advocates,” Ginsburg continued. “Only about 21% of the attorneys presenting oral argument this Term were female; of the thirty-four attorneys who appeared more than once, only six were women.”

Her remarks come several months after Kavanaugh, who was confirmed to the court last year after a fraught confirmation battle that centered around allegations of sexual misconduct, followed through on a promise he made during the nomination process to appoint an all-female team of law clerks.

Just one of the four women appointed by Kavanaugh last October had clerked for him previously, according to The New York Times, while the others reportedly worked largely for appeals court judges appointed by Republicans.

During Kavanaugh’s hearings last year, he and one of his accusers, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about allegations that he had held her down on a bed and groped her at a party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the accusation.

Two other women also came forward with their own sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, which Kavanaugh has also denied.

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