On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg publicly praise Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for his hiring choices. During remarks delivered at the Second Circuit Judicial Conference, 86-year-old RBG said that Kavanaugh’s decision to hire all female clerks led to a historic first. For the first time, there are more women than men serving in the clerk positions.
RBG praised Kavanaugh, 54, for his contribution to inclusivity in the courtroom.
“Justice Kavanaugh made history by bringing on board an all-female law clerk crew,” said RBG, according to a report by the Daily Mail. “Thanks to his selections, the Court has this Term, for the first time ever, more women than men serving as law clerks.”
RBG did note that there is still work to be done on the inclusivity front, adding that “women did not fare nearly as well as advocates.”
“Only about 21 percent of the attorneys presenting oral argument this Term were female; of the thirty-four attorneys who appeared more than once, only six were women,” she stated.
Kavanaugh joined the Supreme Court in October 2018. Before being confirmed, Kavanaugh was embroiled in a controversy, along with a high-profile investigation, regarding claims of sexual assault during his time in high school and in college.
During one of the public hearings, Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, alleging that Kavanaugh had groped her during a party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denied assaulting Blasey Ford.
Kavanaugh had pledged to appoint four female law clerks during the nomination process, a promise that he kept. For the first time in history, women hold the majority of Supreme Court clerk positions.
Only one of the four women selected by Kavanaugh previously served as a clerk for him. The other three women had clerked for lower-court judges that were appointed by Republican presidents.