Can You Really Reform the Supreme Court by Restructuring It?
More than eighty years ago, it was a scandal—a symbol of presidential overreach.
But now the idea is making a comeback.
The idea? To dramatically increase the number of Supreme Court justices.
FDR’s “court-packing” plan failed in 1937. But today, many politicians, pundits, and professors are urging President-elect Joe Biden to pack the Court.
How would court packing work? Is it constitutional? What would it achieve? And is it aimed at genuine judicial reform . . . or partisan gain?
In this debate, two of the country’s top legal minds will address these and other questions for you.
Arguing against packing the court will be Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute.
Arguing in favor of packing the court will be Daniel Epps, the Washington University law professor behind Pete Buttigieg’s court-packing plan.
The resolution they will debate: The best way to reform the Supreme Court is to restructure it.
This debate is a part of the Diana Davis Spencer Debate Series and is presented by the Austin Institute and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
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