Bush I and especially Ronald Reagan appointed a fairly large number of conservative judges with some libertarian sympathies, many of whom had been law professors. Offhand, Posner, Easterbrook, Boggs, Williams, Ginsburg, Thomas (!), Kozinski, Arnold, Bowman, Jerry Smith, and Loren Smith come to mind. Reagan also nominated Ginsburg to the USSC, and nominated Bernard Siegan, the most libertarian of the bunch, to the Ninth Circuit (he was defeated in the Senate). I haven't followed W's appointments that closely, but I haven't noticed similar judges being appointed by this Administration, other than Janice Rogers Brown. But I'll ask more informed readers: has the Bush II administration appointed any conservative judges with significant libertarian sympathies? If not, why not?
Bush II Libertarian-Leaning Judges: