January_22nd-1 - PLS 320 AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS Judicial...

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    PLS 320: AMERICAN JUDICIAL PROCESS Judicial Selection I Who Judges Are The Myth of the Robe Enhancing Judicial Quality
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    In This Presentation WHAT TYPE OF PERSON BECOMES A  JUDGE WHAT JUDGES DO THE DIFFICULTIES OF BEING A JUDGE THE MYTH OF THE ROBE DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS ENHANCING JUDICIAL QUALITY
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    Who Judges Are 1. Few Formal Restrictions for Federal Judges: No  Requirements in the Constitution. 2. Most States Set Formal Criteria: A) Minimum  Age, B) Maximum Age, C) Usually Required to  be a Lawyer (and/or Practice Law), D) Citizenship  and Residency. 3. Many People Fit These Requirements. 4. The Chief Requirement is Getting Oneself Elected  or Appointed
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    Social Background of Federal Court  Appointees (Page 125) District Courts: 77.6% White 74.2% Male 53.7% Experience as Judge 43.3% Millionaires 93.2% Member of President’s Party 49.7% Past Party Activism  
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    Carl’s Controversial Observation “What Would We Expect.” Becoming a Judge is a Mid-Career Move for Lawyers,  so We Should Look at the Demographics of the Legal  Profession were 30 Years Ago. In 1980, roughly one-third of law school grads were  women.  About 10% were Minorities. The Number of Women and Minority Judges Should  Increase Over Time.
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    Career Experience Important Factors in Getting Nominated: 1. Who You Know 2. Reputation 3. Confirm-ability 4. Who You Know In short, people with the power to make someone a 
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