Is the judge of the court of appeals elected or appointed?
Court of Appeals Justices are elected, except for the Highest form of the appellate court system which is the Supreme Court. Those justices are appointed by the President and approved or rejected by the Congress.
Thurgood Marshall was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to be a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After that, he was appointed to be the 32nd US Solicitor General by Lyndon B. Johnson. President Johnson later appointed him to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.