Biden creates federal commission to study SCOTUS reform

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 10th, 2021 12:17 pm

Last Updated Apr 12th, 2021 at 6:08 pm

President Joe Biden created a federal commission on Friday to conduct a six-month study on proposed changes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The Commission's purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals," the White House said in a statement on Friday.

"The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court's role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court's case selection, rules, and practices."

The 36-member commission is "composed largely of academics," according to PBS News Hour. The White House said the commission is a "bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the Court reform debate."

The two co-chairs of the group are Bob Bauer and Cristina Rodriguez. Bauer served as White House counsel under former President Barack Obama. Rodriguez served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama presidency.

The White House's statement includes a list and brief profile of all 36 commissioners.


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