The Right Coast

March 25, 2004
Conference on Judicial Appointments
By Mike Rappaport

Earlier this week I got back from a conference on the issues relating to judicial appointments, including papers on advice and consent, the filibuster, recess appointments, the role of ideology in making appointments, and explanations for the tremendous political conflict that now occurs in the area. The conference was quite interesting, but a little depressing: it suggests that the conflicts over judicial appointments are likely to be here for the indefinite future. Larry Solum, who presented an excellent paper on the relationship between theories of judging and judicial appointments, blogged the conference here and here.