- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195374592
- ISBN-13: 978-0195374599
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,322,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Federal Judges Revealed offers a captivating look inside the personal and professional lives of judges as well as insight into the workings of the federal judicial system as a whole. Domnarski has done the legal community a service by collecting this information and organizing it into a cohesive and readable whole."
--Emily Judge, The Federal Laywer
"Federal Judges Revealed stands as a valuable addition to the literature on judges and judging. It provides a useful introduction to, and overview of, a previously overlooked resource for studying how a broad range of judges understand their role."
--Chad M. Oldfather, Associate Professor, Marquette University Law School
George Washington University Law Review
About the Author
William Domnarski is an attorney in Riverside, California who practices exclusively in the federal court system. He has written In the Opinion of the Court (University of Illinois Press, 1996) and The Great Justices 1941-54: Black, Douglas, Frankfurter, and Jackson in Chambers (University of Michigan Press, 2006).
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The author follows the general pattern of the interviews themselves. That is, he begins with the judges' early life, their education, clerkships, and legal practices. I found the chapter on judicial appointments extremely interesting because it well explores the nitty-gritty of how these judges (out of all the zillions of lawyers) managed to grab the golden ring of appointment. One can only read these accounts with amazement as to the different pathways and the role of luck in judicial selection. Also quite interesting is the chapter on transitioning to the bench. Further chapters focus on important topics such as the nature of the job (basically, one becomes a case manager with hustle); activities in chambers and interacting with other judges; and the drafting of judicial opinions (the judges generally strongly defend the role of clerks in cranking out opinions). Finally, the judges comment on good and bad practices of lawyers that appear before them--an eye opener for practicing lawyers I should think.
The book runs 218 pages, and has a complete listing of all the oral histories that are quoted. Footnotes wonderfully appear at the base of the page, not in endnotes. The author has well arranged the material in chapers and subdivisions so it is quite easy to follow the development of the analysis. There is also an index. Once of the many advantages of the book is that these judges speak with candor about topics that otherwise we the public would never have access to. So, some important light is cast on this innermost sanctuary of our public officials.