A Flawed Search for Bias in the American Bar Association's Ratings of Judicial Nominees: A Critique of the Lindgren/Federalist Society Study

35 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2001  

Neil Vidmar

Duke University - School of Law

Michael J. Saks

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Abstract

The Article provides a methodological critique of the Lindgren/Federalist study of a data set pertaining to the nominees of the George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton presidencies. The purpose of the study was to test the hypothesis that the ABA's ratings of federal judicial nominees were biased. This article identifies and explicates the study's principal flaws and explains their consequences for the conclusion reached by Professor Lindgren.

Suggested Citation

Vidmar, Neil and Saks, Michael J., A Flawed Search for Bias in the American Bar Association's Ratings of Judicial Nominees: A Critique of the Lindgren/Federalist Society Study. Journal of Law & Politics, Vol. 17, No. 2, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=293783 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.293783

Neil Vidmar (Contact Author)

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Michael J. Saks

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