The League of Women Voters of South Carolina hosted an Aug. 7 event to conclude a two-year project examining the impact of diversity on judicial selection.
According to a League of Women Voters blog post by League President Elisabeth MacNamara, the event hosted panels of lawyers, legislators and judges who expressed their views on judicial selection in South Carolina.
From the project, the South Carolina group found the state’s judicial bench to be highly qualified, but lacking in diversity. MacNamara states that “diversity is a desirable goal,” but she added that few in South Carolina are willing to criticize a process of judicial selection that is primarily controlled by white men.
The culmination of this project makes the League ready to offer a positive solution, MacNamara says. Instead of changing the system, it can suggest “making small but meaningful changes by expanding the number and diversifying the selection process for the Judicial Merit Selection Commission,” she explains.
Information on the League’s Judicial Independence and Diversity Initiative in South Carolina can be found here. The League of Women Voters is a JAS partner group.