COLORADO SPRINGS — As the Supreme Court prepares to return to the bench next month, its two newest members have been reflecting on the absence of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, and on the striking lack of diversity among the remaining justices.
They are all graduates of just three Ivy League law schools. None are Protestants. All but one come from a coastal state.
In remarks last week in Arizona and Colorado, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, President Obama’s two appointees, steered clear of commenting directly on the stalled nomination of his third choice, Judge Merrick B. Garland.
But they did talk about how a new colleague could reinforce or disrupt a court that is in some ways exceptionally homogeneous.
“We’re not as diverse as some would like in many important characteristics — educational institutions, religion, places where we come from,” Justice Sotomayor said on Thursday at a judicial conference here.
Justice Kagan, speaking on Wednesday at the University of Arizona in Tucson, said the court may suffer from what she called a “coastal perspective,”