Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

C. Scott Peters


This thesis attempts to answer questions in three separate but related sections surrounding the Senate's role in the judicial appointment process. The first portion of this paper asks, what are the traditions and norms that affect the appointment of federal judges? The second portion addresses the changes that have taken place in these traditions and norms, and why this has occurred. Finally, the third portion of the paper asks, why is the process ineffective and inefficient; what will the future process look like without reform; and how should reform in the future process be administered?

Year of Submission



Department of Political Science

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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Date Original


Object Description

1 PDF file (72 pages)