The Importance of Term Limits for the Supreme Court

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The rules governing the Supreme Court must be updated to reflect the realities of modern life. The average tenure of a Supreme Court justice has significantly lengthened since the establishment of the federal judiciary in the 1700s, giving outsize power to nine individuals in a way never imagined by the framers of the Constitution. This longevity has also resulted in a lack of regularity in vacancies, introducing further randomness into the judicial selection process. As a result, the confirmation process for the highest court has turned into a political sideshow. This state of affairs in untenable. Policymakers must address these issues and enact legislation creating term limits for justices.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on the importance of term limits for the U.S. Supreme Court—featuring professor Jamal Greene, Gabe Roth from Fix the Court, and Caroline Fredrickson from the Brennan Center for Justice.

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This event will be live captioned at americanprogress.org/livecaptioning.

Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Caroline Fredrickson, Senior Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice
Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Gabe Roth, Executive Director, Fix the Court

Moderator:
Maggie Jo Buchanan, Director of Legal Progress, Center for American Progress