The list of seven candidates to replace Theodore T. Jones, the only African-American on the New York State Court of Appeals until his passing in November, includes the names of three African-Americans, two of whom are sitting judges. This diversity is important, says Professor Randolph McLaughlin in an article on law360.com.
“You have no African-Americans on the court. Do you think it’s important to have an African-American on the court? I would say yes,” McLaughlin said. “What’s best for our judiciary and the public in terms of how judges come to their decisions? Should diversity of experience count? Yes.”
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