I am currently working on a series of projects with John
In working on the project, we agreed that it would be interesting to test whether the relationship between attorney gender and the vote was conditional upon the justice’s gender and, indeed, we do report these results (in the text). With only two female justices on the Court, however, our ability to generalize is limited. Most recently, we have analyzed a similar model in Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decisions. In the time period of our Canadian study, four women sat as justices on the SCC. The current Chief Justice, moreover, is a woman. In our preliminary analysis, we found that petitioners who employ a larger number of women on their litigation teams relative to the number employed by respondents are more likely to receive a favorable judicial vote. However, our results have not uncovered a conditional relationship between justice gender and attorney gender. Moreover, although we made strong attempts at building comparable models, we were not able to discern who orally argued the case before the SCC. Consequently, our results in the Canadian context were limited to an analysis of the gender composition of the litigation team.