June 12, 2019

2019 National Convention: The Possibilities and Perils of Supreme Court Reform


Joan Biskupic

CNN Legal Analyst, Moderator 
Begin: 0:01

Bob Bauer

Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU School of Law 
Begin: 16:54

Aaron Belkin

Director, Pack the Courts 
Begin: 9:36

Aziz Huq

Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School 
Begin: 21:30

Dahlia Lithwick

Senior Editor, Slate 
Begin: 2:24

Neil Siegel

David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Duke Law School 
Begin: 6:17

Ganesh Sitaraman

Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
Begin: 13:09

At the 2019 ACS National Convention in June, a panel discussed proposals to alter the structure of the Supreme Court. Such proposals have only multiplied in recent years as the judicial nominations process has grown increasingly contentious. Some claim the Court has never been this politicized and partisan and that the notion that the Justices are anything but political actors effectuating predetermined agendas is naive. Perhaps not surprisingly, we now hear calls for term limits and court-packing. What should be the progressive orientation toward the Court? Is the Court’s legitimacy at stake and, if so, should we care? If we care, can anything be done about it?

SPEAKERS
Joan Biskupic, CNN Legal Analyst, Moderator
Bob Bauer, Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, NYU School of Law
Aaron Belkin, Director, Pack the Courts
Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate
Neil Siegel, David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Duke Law School
Ganesh Sitaraman, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School

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