Bloomberg Law
July 7, 2020, 10:01 AM

Black Clerks ‘Like Unicorns’ at Court Without Judges Like Them

Perry Cooper
Perry Cooper
Legal Reporter

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the only federal U.S. appellate court that’s never had a Black judge.

There have also been only been a small number of Black law clerks in the Washington-based court’s 38 years. Several of those say they never saw a Black attorney argue a case while they were clerks. And now that they’re lawyers practicing before the court, they say it’s rare to see a peer in the courtroom.

“It was hard to miss the lack of other Black faces,” said Damon Lewis, of counsel at DLA Piper in Washington.

Eight Black ...

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