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Judicial Recess Appointments: A Survey of the Arguments

This paper considers the President’s power to make recess appointments to the federal judiciary. Part I details the long history of judicial recess appointments. Part II considers the arguments in favor of, and against, the constitutionality of such appointments. Part III discusses the mechanics of recess appointments. And Part IV considers the political advantages and disadvantages of such appointments.

Click HERE for an addendum published in December 2007.