The incoming president of the American Bar Association called for improvements in the way both federal and state judges are selected. Birmingham, Alabama lawyer H. Thomas Wells Jr., partner at Maynard, Cooper & Gale, spoke Monday morning at a news conference at the ABA’s annual meeting in New York City.

The federal judicial nomination and confirmation process has been bogged down by “lengthy partisan conflict and delay,” Wells said, adding that if compared to the making of sausage, it would be “an insult to sausage makers.”

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