Here, two leading legal scholars, Lee Epstein and Jeffrey A. Segal, offer a brief, illuminating survey on the nomination of federal judges. The authors discuss everything from constitutional background to the crucial differences in the nomination of judges and justices and the role of the Judiciary Committee in vetting nominees. They also shed light on the different roles played by the media, the American Bar Association, and special interest groups in getting judges nominated--or rejected. The authors discuss the history of this highly contentious process, from the days of FDR to today's debated "reforms," such as the so-called "nuclear option." They present an invaluable guide through the occasionally murky history of American court appointments, one that will prepare you for the many contentious debates that are surely destined to come.