Stephen L. Wasby is emeritus professor of political science at the University at Albany-SUNY. He received his B.A. from Antioch College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research has focused primarily on the federal courts, especially decision-making in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is the author of several books, including The Supreme Court in the Federal Judicial System (4th ed. 1995) and Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity (1995). He resides in Eastham, Massachusetts.
The first systematic examination of the role and impact of visiting judges, analyzing the U.S. courts of appeals' use of judges who visit from other circuits and in-circuit district judges, plus the courts' own senior judges. It shows a considerable variation in the extent to which these judges are used and their role in writing the law of the circuit, impacting Supreme Court and en banc review.