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Writing the Book of Judges

Part 2: Confirmation Politics in the 113th Congress

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 October 2022

Elliot Slotnick
The Ohio State University
Sara Schiavoni*
John Carroll University
Sheldon Goldman
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Contact the corresponding author, Sara Schiavoni, at


Building on the empirical portrait of federal judicial selection processes and outcomes in the 113th Congress published in part 1, we now turn to in-depth analyses, drawing on extensive interview data, of the confirmation battle over confirmations to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, filibuster reform (the nuclear option) and its consequences, the role of the blue slip system in contemporary judicial selection, case studies of selection successes and failures, and the historic impact of the Obama appointments record on patterns of diversity and partisanship on the federal bench.

Research Article
© 2016 by the Law and Courts Organized Section of the American Political Science Association. All rights reserved.

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This article was corrected and reposted on May 18, 2016. An erratum will be published in the Fall 2016 issue (vol. 4, no. 2).


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