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Italian Americans are Under-Represented in U.S. Federal Court System

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2005 There are currently 1,301 federal judges in the U.S. Court System, but only 35 or 2.7% are Italian American, according to a new study by the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA).

"Report on Italian American Federal Judges" lists sitting federal judges with Italian surnames and reveals that even though Italian Americans make up 6% of the total population, less than 3% of all current U.S. federal judges are Italian American.

"Why are Italian Americans so under-represented at the highest level of the law? The statistic says it all. The judges are there, but the opportunity to advance is not," says OSIA National President Joseph Sciame.

The Sons of Italy® report was compiled by OSIA's anti-defamation arm, the Commission for Social Justice®. It includes findings from various courts that make up the federal courts system, related statistics dealing with Italian Americans in law and a list of active Italian American federal judges. Highlights from the report reveal that:

To download the report, Click Here. For a free printed copy, send a large, stamped ($1.06) self addressed envelope to: Federal Judge Report, Sons of Italy®, 219 E Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

OSIA is the largest and oldest national organization in the United States for men and women of Italian descent. Established in 1905, OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. See www.osia.org.