Professor Tobias suggests that federal judicial selection is one important area in which ·President Bill Clinton hopes that he will leave a legacy. The author finds that the first Clinton Administration realized much success in choosing judges who make the federal judiciary more diverse and who possess excellent qualifications. Over the last five years, however, the Administration has not been equally successful either in placing highly competent female and minority attorneys on the bench or in filling the perennial judicial vacancies, partly because the Republican Party has enjoyed a significant majority in the Senate. The author's analysis shows that similar circumstances existed in 1999. He, therefore, affords suggestions that should enable President Clinton to appoint additional women and minorities, while filling the bench in his final year of office.
Carl Tobias, Choosing Judges at the Close of the Clinton Administration, 52 Rutgers L. Rev. 827 (2000)