There are a whopping five women on January’s hearing list, which the Court released today. That’s out of the thirty total lawyers who will argue at the Court in January. This is a big improvement from, for example, the October sitting, in which only one woman — Assistant to the Solicitor General Rachel Kovner — argued. Kovner returns to the Court on January 20 to argue as an amicus in support of Alaska in Sturgeon v. Frost, the case of an Alaska man who wants to be able to hunt moose from his hovercraft. Two of Kovner’s female colleagues from the Office of the Solicitor General will join her this month. And two women from state governments will make their appearances before the Justices as well: Illinois Solicitor General Carolyn Shapiro and Ruth Botstein, an assistant attorney general from Alaska. The bad news, in case you were wondering, is that (once again) no women from private practice are arguing this month. In fact, a quick review suggests that there has not yet been a female advocate from outside the state or federal government this Term.
Jan 8 2016