Judging Biden

25 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2021 Last revised: 22 Feb 2022

See all articles by John P. Collins, Jr.

John P. Collins, Jr.

The George Washington University Law School

Date Written: January 29, 2021


This Essay analyzes the nomination and confirmation strategies used by President Biden to seat federal appellate judges. First, it explains how the Biden administration is drawing on successful strategies used by prior administrations from both parties to quickly confirm younger, more diverse judges. It then highlights the varied diversity of its nominees to date, from race to gender to professional experience, among others. It concludes by recognizing that the Biden administration is unlikely to repeat the record-breaking pace of the Trump administration, but it is nevertheless making the most of the limited opportunity it has.

Keywords: judges, judicial nominations, judicial confirmations, biden judges, trump judges, circuit courts, courts of appeals, senior status, federal judges, judicial appointments

Suggested Citation

Collins, Jr., John P., Judging Biden (January 29, 2021). GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2021-39, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2021-39, 75 SMU Law Review Forum 150 (Feb. 2022), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3775648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3775648

John P. Collins, Jr. (Contact Author)

The George Washington University Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States
20052 (Fax)

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics