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Book Title

Approaches to Federal Judicial History

Department

Department of History and Political Science

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Document Type

Book Chapter

Editors

Gautham Rao, Winston Bowman, Clara Altman

Description

Charles Zelden’s essay, “All Rise: The Prospects and Challenges of Lower Federal Judicial Biography,” picks up where Kobrick concluded. Zelden laments the paucity of biographies of lower-federal-court judges, while nonetheless 12. See Funk, infra ch. 2. 13. See Hall, infra ch. 3. 14. See Grisinger, infra ch. 4. 15. See Kobrick, infra ch. 5. 5 Approaches to Federal Judicial History Federal Judicial Center appreciating the challenges that routinely face these biographers. Historically speaking, Zelden writes, lower federal judges “are generally not well known, the importance of their work is not self-evident, their papers are often scattered or fragmentary or thin, and the wider context in which they operate is not wellestablished.” But especially because the lower federal courts are the front line of interaction between the federal judiciary and the people, Zelden believes that biographers should persist in trying to write more and better biographies of lower federal judges. This is a unique opportunity, he concludes, to weigh “the difference between law on the books and law as applied” throughout the federal judiciary.

ISBN

9781350118508

Publication Date

1-23-2020

Publisher

Federal Judicial Center

City

Washington D.C.

Keywords

administration, economics, federal judicial branch, federal judicial system, government, intercourt relationships, lower federal judicial biography, U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Supreme Court

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Social and Behavioral Sciences

First Page

89

Last Page

103

All Rise: The Prospects and Challenges of Lower Federal Judicial Biography
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