In October 1993, in response to a recommendation in the

Report of the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal, Chief Judge Henry A. Politz appointed a Special Committee of the Fifth Circuit Judicial Council to consider and recommend whether a study of gender bias in the Fifth Circuit should be made. The Special Committee, composed of two circuit judges, two district judges, and one magistrate judge, reported its findings to the Judicial Council during a biannual meeting in June 1994.