Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2022) – The following is a statement by the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools:
We write as the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools to thank President Biden for his commitment to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States. Never in American history has a Black woman served as a Supreme Court justice, despite the enormously important role of Black women lawyers, judges, and academics in the legal academy and our legal system.
A Black woman will bring an important and unique perspective to the nation’s highest court, making the Court stronger, and will strengthen legal education, by providing an important role model among the many outstanding Black women judges, law deans, law professors, and attorneys who already serve.
The pipeline to legal education is stronger if it is diverse and inclusive. For these reasons, we also hope that President Biden will continue to select Black women and others underrepresented in the law to serve in the federal district courts and courts of appeal.
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 176 member and 19 fee-paid law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The mission of AALS is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve its many communities—local, national and international.