Samuel A. Alito

There are many Asian American attorneys, yet few are judges, study finds

There are many Asian American attorneys, yet few are judges, study finds

When Goodwin Liu joined the seven-member California Supreme Court in 2011, he became its fourth sitting member of Asian descent. The number is remarkable.

The other state supreme courts in the U.S. combined have a handful of Asian American justices. And Asian American representation on other state courts, the federal bench and among the country's top prosecutors is similarly scant.

Those findings emerged from a new study by Liu and law students at Yale University that provides a portrait of Asian Americans in the legal profession. The conclusion: They are well-represented among the nation's attorneys but still missing from some of the highest posts.

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