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Structural Reform and Governance

We work to ensure a more representative democracy that delivers results for all Americans through our government, courts, and in new digital town squares.

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What We're Doing

Encouraging professional diversity on the federal bench

Despite recent historic gains, professional diversity on the federal appellate courts is severely lacking, with significant implications for the legal expertise underlying judges’ decisions. Our analysis identifies policy proposals to improve the pipeline for judicial diversity.

Advancing voting rights and countering election sabotage

With states introducing hundreds of bills to disenfranchise voters, new federal election standards are vitally needed. Our research makes the case for these standards and shows how the Freedom to Vote Act would counter state laws seeking to suppress voter turnout and sabotage valid election results.

Addressing social media’s threat to our democracy

In the wake of widespread disinformation about the 2020 general election, social media companies must modify their products and policies to mitigate threats to democratic legitimacy and public safety. We identify concrete steps that could help address health and election-related disinformation.

 

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The Supreme Court Must Continue To Provide Live Audio Broadcasts of Oral Arguments Article

The Supreme Court Must Continue To Provide Live Audio Broadcasts of Oral Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court began offering remote, real-time audio broadcasts of its oral arguments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it should continue to provide such access upon resuming normal operations.

Stephanie Wylie, Anushree Thekkedath, Clay Cortez, 1 More Erin Mahon

22 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2022 Article
Community members attend a candlelight vigil in Indianapolis.

22 Faith Leaders To Watch in 2022

There’s been no shortage of faith-based advocacy during the first year of the Biden administration.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maggie Siddiqi

5 Facts About Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Article
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

5 Facts About Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s exemplary background reflects the Biden administration’s commitment to nominating exceptional judges at every level.

Stephanie Wylie, Genna Cifelli

The Climate Needs a Balanced Judiciary Article
A smoky sunset is seen behind the Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland, California, on September 14, 2020. (Getty/East Bay Times/Digital First Media/Jane Tyska)

The Climate Needs a Balanced Judiciary

As litigation continues over efforts to address climate change, it is critical that America’s federal courts include judges with professional expertise advancing climate protection policies.

Maggie Jo Buchanan

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