Justice president Curt Levey and noted economist and author John Lott Jr. will
discuss Lott’s new book, Dumbing
Down the Courts, in a conference call at noon on September 25. The book is "a critical read for anyone
who seeks to understand the judicial confirmation battles of recent decades,"
said former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese.
Lott’s book uses
the largest, most detailed data set on judicial confirmations ever assembled to
analyze both the reasons behind the increasingly politicized and protracted judicial
confirmation process and the factors that determine a nominee’s chances for
confirmation. Subtitled How Politics
Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench, Lott’s book reveals that the
brightest nominees have a reduced chance of being confirmed.
Mr. Levey will
comment on the book based on his eight years at the center of judicial confirmation
battles as general counsel and then head of the Committee for Justice. Following remarks by Lott and Levey, the
floor will be opened to questions from callers.
The dial-in number is
888-752-3232. The call is part
of the Federalist Society’s teleforum program.