Jury Still Out On Impact Of Obama Judiciary

Law360, New York (March 22, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama pick Magistrate Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, who if confirmed will be the first-ever female district judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, has joined a demographically diverse group, but the jury is still out on whether the president's nominees will transform the judiciary.

Experts agree on the symbolic value of a judiciary that more closely mirrors the demographic makeup of those being judged, but whether Obama's nominees — many of which have centrist leanings — will radically reshape...
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