Sotomayor says Supreme Court adjusted argument format partly over interruptions of female justices
Washington — Justice Sonia Sotomayor revealed Wednesday that studies showing female justices were interrupted more often by their male colleagues had a "great impact on the dynamic on my court" and led to changes in oral arguments. She also lamented that professional diversity among the nine members of the court is "sorely missing," particularly after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year.
During a virtual event hosted by New York University School of Law, Sotomayor said the studies, namely one published in 2017 by a pair of researchers at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, have had an "enormous impact" on how the Supreme Court conducts its oral arguments, she said. The 2017 study from Tonja Jacobi and Dylan Schweers found the female justices were interrupted at disproportionate rates …
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