The Policy and Process of Federal Judicial Appointments: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Perspectives

Idaho Lawyers Chapter, Idaho Student Chapter

The Idaho Student and Lawyers Chapters of the Federalist Society invite you to a combined in-person event at the UI College of Law in Boise exploring the principles and politics of appointing federal judges. This panel discussion will bring perspectives from all three branches of the federal government: Senator Mike Lee, a current member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Ryan Nelson, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Michael McGinley, former White House Counsel on judicial nominations. As the federal judiciary continues to loom large in deciding the biggest legal questions of our day—and particularly during the transition between administrations—the panel promises to bring valuable insights in understanding both the fundamental role of the judiciary as conceived by the Founders and the practical sausage-making of our modern process of judicial confirmations. Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion, followed by a post-event reception. 


  • Senator Mike Lee, United States Senator for State of Utah
  • Hon. Ryan Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Michael McGinley, Partner, Dechert LLP; Former White House Counsel on Judicial Nominations
  • Richard Seamon, Professor, University of Idaho College of Law (Moderator)

Reception to follow panel discussion.

Please RSVP to Lincoln Wilson at

**A Zoom livestream will be available at UI College of Law, Moscow Campus, Menard RM 104. Please RSVP to Lincoln Wilson at