One of the most popular panels at the Northern District’s conference this past weekend concerned diversity in the legal profession.
UCLA Professor Richard Sander did battle with Drucilla Ramey, dean of Golden Gate University School of Law, and Broadcom GC Arthur Chong. Sander argued that grades are an accurate predictor of success in the field, and that law schools do a disservice by admitting less qualified minority applicants, because they will get worse grades, do worse in law firms, and wash out early. Ramey, however, argued that much more goes into the equation than just grades, like latent biases against minority lawyers.
We talked to two Northern District judges, Thelton Henderson and Marilyn Hall Patel, about their own hiring practices and diversity in the court.