#SoWhiteMale: Civil Rules Group’s Makeup Limits Its Work

May 17, 2018, 9:11 PM

The committee that maintains the federal rules of civil procedure is under fire for lacking gender and racial diversity.

An upcoming law review article argues that the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules’s “homogeneous composition” limits the quality of the rules and “perpetuates inequality.”

Brooke D. Coleman‘s article says that over its 82-year history, 116 out of 136 committee members have been white men. Coleman is a civil procedure professor at Seattle University School of Law.

The lack of diversity on the committee “is a microcosm of the legal profession, and it shows how homogeneous the profession remains,” Coleman told ...

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