Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Cassia Spohn
Judges who are appointment to serve on the US Courts of Appeal have the power to change government policy and influence our daily lives. Each President has the opportunity to make an impact on the United States with the types of judges that he chooses to appoint. This study examines the process of nominating and selecting judges, as well as the characteristics of those who have been appointment to serve on the bench. Using data from previous studies conducted by Sheldon Goldman, as well as data gathered from Senate Judiciary Clinton, during his first term in office, to those judges appointed by Presidents Bush, Reagan, and Carter. President Clintong has surpassed President Carter in appointing well qualified women and minority judges to the bench.
Burk, Mary K., "The Selection Process and Characteristics of Judges Appointed to the US Courts of Appeal: From Carter to Clinton" (1998). Student Work. 2268.