Racial Diversity and Judicial Influence on Appellate Courts

  title={Racial Diversity and Judicial Influence on Appellate Courts},
  author={Jonathan P. Kastellec},
  journal={Law \& Society: Courts eJournal},
This paper evaluates the substantive consequences of judicial diversity on the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Because of the small percentage of racial minorities on the federal bench, the key question in evaluating these consequences is not whether minority judges simply vote differently from non-minority judges, but whether their presence on appellate courts influences their colleagues and also affects case outcomes. Using matching methods, I show that black judges are significantly more likely than… 

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