Deborah Dowd


Charles H. Sheldon asks two major questions in his recent book, A Century of Judging. In answering these questions, Sheldon focuses on the Washington Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the information gathered and analyzed is of more interest to political scientists or historians than to practicing lawyers. Lawyers should be knowledgeable about the judges before whom they may argue a case. Yet, the methodology and data utilized in A Century of Judging do not create a cohesive picture of the supreme court justices, either collectively or individually. The book compiles useful information; however, the answers to the two questions posed and the relationship between the underlying facts and the theories are inconclusive.