Advocates for female judges to hold event at Drake

DES MOINES (AP) — Advocates for more women on state and federal courts are planning a forum to discuss the issue at Drake Law School.

The event scheduled for Thursday in Des Moines will feature Tulane University professor Sally Kenney, an Iowa native and author of “Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.”

Other speakers will include University of Iowa law professor Angela Owuachi-Willig, who was a finalist for a spot on the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011.

All seven members of Iowa’s highest court are men, making it one of the only such bodies with no gender diversity nationally.

Gender balance has improved in the last year in Iowa’s federal courts, with Stephanie Rose becoming a district judge and Jane Kelly a circuit judge.