Congratulations to Dr. Amy Steigerwalt, Assoc. Professor of Political Science! Her article, “Bias in the Bar: Evaluating the ABA Ratings of Federal Judicial Nominees” was just published in the December 2012 issue of the top ranked journal, Political Research Quarterly. An early version of the paper was presented at a recent meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, where it was well received. The timeliness of the research made it popular with media outlets including both the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
From the abstract: “The vetting of potential federal judges by the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary of the American Bar Association (ABA) is politically controversial. Conservatives allege the Standing Committee is biased against Republican nominees… The authors explore whether accusations of liberal bias have merit.”