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Judicial Confirmation Process

A Report on the Political Balance of the Tennessee Plan

Brian T. Fitzpatrick April 13, 2009
There is an ongoing debate about the method by which Tennessee selects its appellate judges. Professors Brian Fitzpatrick and Penny White represent opposing viewpoints and have written a series of articles in response to one another. In an effort to advance this debate, The Federalist Society is providing links to all four articles. Section II of Professor White’s piece and Professor Fitzpatrick’s most recent article are especially germane to today’s debate.

A Survey of Empirical Evidence Concerning Judicial Elections

State Courts White Paper
Chris W. Bonneau March 14, 2012

A Survey of Empirical Evidence Concerning Judicial ElectionsIn this paper, Chris W. Bonneau evaluates the arguments made by opponents of judicial elections. Focusing primarily on state supreme court elections (since that is the level of court where most studies have been conducted), though also discussing intermediate appellate courts and trial courts where appropriate, he evaluates the arguments of judicial reform advocates in light of empirical evidence. This paper presents a synthesis of the existing literature in this area, integrating the disparate findings by scholars into a single publication. [Read now!]

ABA Urges Confirmation of Judicial Nominees

ABA Watch August 2012
August 03, 2012

ABA Urges Confirmation of Judicial NomineesOn June 20, the ABA sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing its concerns about the slow pace of the judicial confirmation process. The ABA is concerned that judicial nominations will come to a halt because of the so-called “Leahy-Thurmond Rule,” in which the Senate stops confirming “long-standing” judicial nominees during a presidential election year. The last circuit-court nominees were confirmed in June during the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, and in July during the 2000 campaign... [Read more!]

ABA Watch August 2009

Table of Contents
July 31, 2009

ABA WatchIn this issue, we offer an overview of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judicial Committee and its evaluation of United States Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. We also discuss a recent study evaluating the Committee’s judicial ratings. And, as in the past, we digest and summarize actions before the House of Delegates. [More]

ABA Watch August 2010

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August 04, 2010
ABA WatchIn this issue, we offer an overview of the members of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, and we discuss its evaluation of United States Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. We also discuss a recent amicus brief submitted by the ABA concerning Arizona's immigration law and the ABA's honorees at this year's annual meeting. And, as in the past, we digest and summarize actions before the House of Delegates. [More]