PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION URGING THE PRESIDENT TO NOMINATE AND THE SENATE TO CONFIRM HIGHLY QUALIFIED, DIVERSE INDIVIDUALS TO FILL VACANCIES IN THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a long history of support and advocacy for the appointment of highly qualified, diverse individuals to serve as justices and judges on the federal courts and as United States Attorneys at the Department of Justice; and

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has a longstanding commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; and

WHEREAS, an inclusive, diverse legal profession brings more varied perspectives, experiences and backgrounds to the practice of law and to the administration of justice, and gives confidence to Americans and participants in our justice system about the integrity and fairness of our system; and

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has adopted a Statement of Diversity and Inclusion Principles “to evidence its strong commitment to promoting full and equal participation in the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons, and to eliminating bias in the legal profession and the justice system”; and

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association is committed to promoting diversity, a broad concept that includes race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity, marital status, veteran status, parental status, socioeconomic status and our unique attributes, and inclusion, the harnessing of our diversity so that everyone is valued and has the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in the profession; and

WHEREAS, over the first 11 months of the current administration, the President has nominated 59 individuals to serve on the United States Supreme Court, the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals and the District Courts, of which 91% are white and 81% are male1; and

WHEREAS, over the first 11 months of the current administration, President Trump’s judicial nominees have been the least diverse of any President in the past 30 years2; and

WHEREAS, over the first 11 months of the current administration, the President has nominated 57 individuals to serve as United States Attorneys overseeing the nation’s federal districts, of which 98% are white and 94% are male3; and

WHEREAS, according to United States Census Bureau’s population estimates for 2016, the population of the United States is 72.6% white, 17.8% Hispanic of any race, 12.7% black or African American, 5.4% Asian, .8% American Indian and Alaska Native; and 5% report being some other race and 3.2% report being two or more races4; and

WHEREAS, according to United States Census Bureau’s population estimates for 2016, the population of the United States is 49.2% male and 50.8% female5;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association urges the President to nominate and the Senate to confirm highly qualified, diverse individuals to serve as judges and justices in the federal courts and United States Attorneys so that the federal judiciary and leaders of the Department of Justice reflect the rich diversity of the nation’s population, and so that all Americans and participants in our justice system may have confidence in the integrity and fairness of our system.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chancellor and his or her designee shall take all necessary steps to publicize and effectuate the contents of this resolution.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: December 12, 2017

1 Trump’s Judicial Nominees Are the Least Diverse in Almost Three Decades, ABA Journal, November 16, 2017.

2 Trump Judicial Picks Lack Decades-long Diversity Drive, CNN, November 30, 2017.

3 The Trump Administration Can’t Come Up With a List of Good Black Attorneys, Newsweek, November 20, 2017.

4 U.S. Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey.

5 U.S. Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey Population By Sex.