I am very grateful to the generous people who commented on portions of this project, including Keith Aoki, Mike Axline, Steve Bender, Richard Delgado, Garrett Epps, Laura Hoehn-Kern, David Kairys, Jim Klonowski, Ed Kloppenberg, Brian Myers, Margie Paris, Carol Pratt, Judith Resnik, Ingrid Schroder, David Schuman, Dom Vetri, Stephen Wasby, Merle Weiner, Mary Wood, and Mark Zunich.
I benefited immensely from the insights, diligence, and enthusiasm of my research assistants, including Adell Amos, Laura Clemmons, Allen Eraut, David Floren, Lysette Goodman, Tiffany Harris, Adam Kelly, Nicole Markey, Chris Michali, Courtney Muraski, Dustin Richardson, and Monica Wells. I greatly appreciate the technical skill and editorial assistance sup- plied by Karyn Smith and the editors at NYU. The University of Oregon School of Law supported this book by providing grants from the James O. and Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Faculty Fellowship Fund and the Kenneth J. O’Connell Senior Fellowship.
My interest in the work of the federal courts stems from four wonder- ful teachers: Erwin Chemerinsky, John Jeffries, Judith Resnik, and the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson, who taught me in the classroom and during a clerkship. I am also indebted to Richard Delgado and Jean Ste- fancic for encouraging me to write this book.
Finally, I am grateful to my family—particularly my husband, Mark Zu- nich—for unfailing support and patience during the writing of this book.