April 9, 2021

What Next for Court Reform?

The debate over whether and how to restructure both the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts has intensified in the past year, particularly after Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation took place just one week before the 2020 presidential election. For some in the progressive community, the Biden administration's formation of a commission to study the issue is not a sufficiently urgent response. A legislative response is forthcoming in the House of Representatives, where bills to add seats to the Supreme Court and set term limits for the Justices will be introduced, and pressure is ratcheting up from the grassroots, but court reform will still be a difficult issue to advance in the U.S. Senate. How can progressives move this agenda forward in the current political climate?

Opening Remarks:

Russ Feingold, ACS President


Jennifer Bendery, Senior Politics Reporter, HuffPost, Moderator

Hon. Mondaire Jones, 17th Congressional District of New York

Chris Kang, Chief Counsel, Demand Justice

Leah Litman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Nancy Zirkin, Strategic Consultant; Former Executive Vice President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights