February 10, 2011
Professor Pat K. Chew published "The Missing Minority Judges," 14 Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 179 (2010) (coauthored with Luke Kelley-Chew). Here is the abstract:
This article explores the absence of Asian-American judges on federal bench and considers its effect on the outcomes of racial harassment cases in which Asian-Americans are plaintiffs. Having more Asian-American judges may theoretically benefit Asian-American plaintiffs, but it is so statistically improbable that an Asian-American plaintiff would have an Asian-American judge, these benefits would rarely occur. Thus, the article concludes that having more Asian-American judges would benefit the justice system more broadly and serve an important symbolic purpose, but would not benefit Asian-American plaintiffs directly.