July 22, 2022

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Central Time

ACS Chicago: Civil Disagreements: Supreme Court Reform


"Resolved: that Congress should establish non-renewable eighteen-year term limits for United States Supreme Court Justices."

Not since the New Deal has the United States Supreme Court been under as much scrutiny as in the past several years, in part because of the passionate views of Americans on both sides of the abortion debate. Bipartisan concern with suggestions of "court packing," strategically-timed retirements, the hostility of the confirmation process, and the potential intimidation of Supreme Court Justices has led observers on both sides of the political aisle to suggest that, instead of lifetime appointments, Supreme Court Justices be appointed to staggered, fixed length terms. 

This is the first in a series of moderated debates on current, critical, and often, contentious, civic questions sponsored by the American Bar Association's Division for Public Education, the American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer Chapter, the Federalist Society Chicago Chapter, and Reform for Illinois. Programs begin with a question, followed by a parliamentary-style debate in response to the question. Programs conclude with a moderated discussion among debaters and Q&A from the audience.

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Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law; Member, ACS National Board of Advisors

John Shu, Visiting Professor, Taipei Medical University; Member, National Committee on U.S. - China Relations; member, the Pacific Council on International Policy; and member, Foreign Policy Association.

Alisa Kaplan, Executive Director, Reform for Illinois