Here are some of the study's noteworthy findings: * Minorities were more likely to be chosen for state high courts through merit selection and gubernatorial appointment than through partisan and nonpartisan elections. * Women were less likely to be merit-selected than elected to intermediate appellate courts. * Minority judges were found at higher rates on courts of last resort and general jurisdiction trial courts in states where judges are required to have a minimum number of years of legal experience. * Fewer women judges served on high courts in states with a minimum-age qualification. * Minority and women judges were more likely to be selected for intermediate appellate courts under Democratic governors. * Minorities were more likely to serve on trial courts in states with a predominandy Democratic electorate, while women were less likely to serve in such states.