By Amy Howe
on April 9, 2021
at 1:27 p.m.
President Joe Biden announced the members of a commission to investigate Supreme Court reform (Lev Radin via Shutterstock).
President Joe Biden will issue an executive order to set up a commission to investigate possible reforms at the Supreme Court, the White House said on Friday. The announcement fulfilled an election promise made by the President who proposed the idea of a commission last fall after refusing to support Liberal efforts to expand the Supreme Court – efforts Judge Stephen Breyer in a speech at Harvard on Tuesday Law School criticized.
In its statement, the White House indicated that the commission will be a bipartisan commission made up of experts “on the Court of Justice and the reform debate of the Court of Justice”. These experts, the White House added, will cover a variety of topics related to Supreme Court and Supreme Court reform, including the size of the court, the tenure of judges and the practices of the court more broadly.
The co-chairs of the commission, which will finalize its report within 180 days of its first public meeting, are Bob Bauer, a NYU law professor who served President Barack Obama as a White House attorney, and Cristina Rodríguez, professor at Yale Law School who served as the Assistant Assistant Attorney General during the Obama administration. The other 34 members of the commission are lawyers, think tank scholars, law professors and retired judges.
A full list of commissioners can be found below:
Michelle Adams, Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Kate Andrias, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan
Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the first amendment to Yale Law School
Bob Bauer (co-chair), professor of practice, distinguished visiting scholar, and co-director of the Clinic for Legislative and Regulatory Processes at New York University School of Law
William Baude, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Constitutional Law Institute at the University of Chicago Law School
Elise Boddie, Professor of Law and Judge Robert L. Carter Scholar at Rutgers University
Guy-Uriel E. Charles, Edward and Ellen Schwarzman Professor of Law at Duke Law School
Andrew Manuel Crespo, Professor of Law at Harvard University
Walter Dellinger, Douglas Maggs Professor Emeritus of Law at Duke University and a partner at O’Melveny & Myers
Justin Driver, Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale Law School
Richard H. Fallon Jr., story professor of law at Harvard Law School
Caroline Fredrickson, former president of the American Constitution Society
Heather Gerken, Dean, and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School
Nancy Gertner, retired Massachusetts District Court judge and law professor at Harvard Law School
Jack Goldsmith, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Thomas B. Griffith, retired U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit and Special Adviser to Hunton Andrews Kurth
Tara Leigh Grove, Charles E. Tweedy Jr. Endowed Chair of Law and Director of the Constitutional Studies Program at the University of Alabama School of Law
Bert I. Huang, Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia University
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
Michael S. Kang, William G., and Virginia K. Karnes Research Professors at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Olatunde Johnson, Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
Alison L. LaCroix, Robert Newton Reid Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School
Margaret H. Lemos, Robert G. Seaks LL.B. 34 Professor of Law, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, and Faculty Co-Advisor to the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School
David F. Levi, Levi Family Professor of Law and Justice and Director of the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School
Trevor Morrison, Dean, and Eric M. & Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law at NYU School of Law
Caleb Nelson, Emerson G. Spies Distinguished Professor of Law and Caddell & Chapman Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law
Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law
Michael D. Ramsey, Professor of Law at the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation in the Law School of the University of San Diego
Cristina M. Rodríguez (Co-Chair), Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School
Kermit Roosevelt, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School
Bertrall Ross, Chancellor Professor of Law at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law
David Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Supreme Court and Appeals Clinic at the University of Chicago
Laurence Tribe, Professor at Carl M. Loeb University and Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law at Harvard University
Adam White, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, assistant professor of law, and director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School
Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University
Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
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