Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court

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New York University Press
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6.38 X 9.31 X 1.25 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Hannah Brenner Johnson (Author) Hannah Brenner Johnson is Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at California Western School of Law in San Diego. Renee Knake Jefferson (Author) Renee Knake Jefferson is Professor of Law and the Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston and author of Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court. Melissa Murray (Foreword by) Melissa Murray is Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and MSNBC Commentator.
"[Shortlisted] tells the political and personal sagas of women publicly considered for appointment to the Supreme Court but never actually nominated by a president... With fresh research, the authors effectively humanize the women who never received the nominations they deserved."--Kirkus Reviews
"This is a major contribution to the story of women lawyers. The authors study women whose trajectories were never before systematically examined - women shortlisted for the Supreme Court. What they describe is all the more remarkable because it involves remarkable women - portraying women in gendered and unfavorable ways; emphasizing diversity by putting women on shortlists, but not selecting them; saving a seat for certain groups but not for women. It sounds so familiar in other contexts, but it is shocking in this one. The message is clear and troubling: If women who are the elite of the profession can be treated shabbily, we have much more to do."--Hon. Nancy Gertner, U.S.D.Ct. Judge (Ret.)
"Stunningly original in its focus and its careful research, Shortlisted is beautifully written and an important addition to the literature about the Supreme Court, the process of nominating justices, and the role of gender in American law."--Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
"Masterfully tells the story of the women who were considered for nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is a must read."--Carla Pratt, Dean of Washburn University School of Law and former Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, North Dakota
"Shortlisted is remarkable not only for what it tells us about the women who made the presidential shortlists of potential Supreme Court nominees but for what it tells us about how our nation then and now continues to struggle with understanding equality. May the stories of these extraordinary women and the demonstrated leadership of the women who have made it to the pinnacle of the legal profession through service on our highest court drive us each to realize the great potential of our country that still awaits us."--Judy Perry Martinez, American Bar Association President
"This fascinating book reconstructs a chapter of women's history that has been hiding in plain sight: the numerous qualified women whose names were floated for the Supreme Court but who never got there. Just as they were overlooked, so have their individual stories been--until now."--Linda Greenhouse, New York Times contributing columnist
"Piecing together their personal papers and archives, as well as relevant news coverage, Johnson and Jefferson introduce readers to the ambitious women who built influential legal careers and advanced a female presence in the federal courts, especially the Supreme Court...The authors compellingly argue that representation of diverse women in leadership positions is in everybody's best interest. An excellent contribution...and essential for anyone who values diversity."--Library Journal
"[F]ascinating and painstakingly researched...Shortlisted is a wake-up call about the persistence of gender inequality. This book represents an important step beyond shortlisting and tokenism toward true selection."--Texas Bar Journal