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.
"They have a...