‘Common Law’: Within the Presidential Commission of the Supreme Court
A presidential commission convened to focus on possible reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court has struggled to reach an agreement, said Tara Leigh Grove, a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, in the latest episode of “Common Law,” a podcast from the University of Virginia School of Law. .
The bipartisan Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States – made up of jurists, judges and practitioners – was tasked with reporting on the pros and cons of possible avenues of reform. Grove was one of 34 members of the commission, whose number also included UVA law professor Bertrall Ross and retired federal judge Thomas B. Griffith ’85.
Grove, who directs Alabama’s Constitutional Studies program, discusses several reforms outlined in the commission’s report, including term limits and adding members to the court’s usual nine-judge roster, known as short-packing. Hosted by Dean Risa Goluboff and UVA law professor John C. Harrison, the episode also explores the history of proposed court reforms and concerns about the court’s legitimacy.
This season, called “Co-counselfeatures a rotating set of co-hosts: Harrison, Danielle K. Lemon, Cathy Huang and Gregory Mitchell. Everyone joins Goluboff to discuss cutting-edge research on legal topics of their choice.
Previous seasons have focused on “The Future of Law”, “When Law Changed the World”, and “Law and Fairness”.