Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects
Honors Thesis Project Title
Judicial Influence and the United States Federal District Courts: A Case Study
Date of Graduation
Honors Political Science
Hickerson, Justin R., "Judicial Influence and the United States Federal District Courts: A Case Study" (2014). Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects.
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This paper will show that East Tennessee Federal District Judge Robert L. Taylor is a prime example of the influence that a single judge can have on the federal judicial system. Judge Taylor’s influence will be proven by an examination of the following factors: caseload management, affirmation/reversal rate of his decisions, citations of his decisions in other cases, the impact of his decisions on East Tennessee, and on the federal judiciary generally, and other miscellaneous categories.