Bell Ringers
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On July 7, 2020

Bell Ringer: Nominating Judges and Impact on a President's Policy Agenda

Presidential Judicial Nominees and Presidential Policy

Amy Steigerwalk, a political science professor at the University of New Orleans discusses presidential judicial nominations and how they play a part in supporting a presidents' policies.


Checks and balances are a set of powers given to each of the three branches of government by the United States Constitution to ensure that no one branch has more power than another. One of the checks or powers that the Executive branch has over the Judicial branch is the power of the President to nominate judges and justices.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What makes the presidential power of nominating judges so important?
  • How long do judges serve? Explain the impact this can have on a president's policy agenda.
  • From the final three clips, name at least three qualifications that presidents have cited that impacted their decisions on who to nominate as a judge on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Additional Resources



    • Confirmation Process
    • Nominate
    • Policy
    • Supreme Court
    • Tenure


    Executive BranchJudicial Branch


    Middle School