Becoming a Federal Judge (Not a Justice): The Difficulties with the Confirmation Process for Lower Court Judges

September 22, 2011Duke Law News

September 22, 2011
12:30-1:20 PM
Room 3041
Duke Law School


Nearly three years into President Obama's first term, the number of his judicial nominees who have been confirmed lags well behind the numbers for either President George W. Bush or William Clinton at a comparable point in their presidencies. Christopher Schroeder, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice, discusses President Obama's record in nominating judges, the reasons for the slow confirmation rates, and offers some suggestions as to the implications for the nomination and confirmation process in the future.

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