In 1962, University of Virginia Law School professor A.E. Dick Howard clerked for Justice Hugo Black, and he has been a close observer of the Court ever since. In a recent article, The Changing Face of the Supreme Court, Professor Howard describes how the Supreme Court has evolved over the last fifty-three years, providing the long view on an institution that is both timeless and ever changing.
In 1962, the Supreme Court was made up of nine white men, as it always had been. Today, of course, the Court has three female members and is ethnically and racially diverse. But Howard reminds us that it is a “mistake to assume that members of racial and ethnic minorities have a monolithic approach to issues.” Despite its lack of diversity, the Court was unanimous in Brown v. Board of Education, and