Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

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.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Criminal Justice and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Mary K. Burk April, 1998