Constitutional law experts Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt and Mark Tushnet of Harvard discuss Supreme Court reforms

Sep 27, 2019

Three prominent constitutional law scholars will discuss policies aimed at addressing the growing politicization of the Supreme Court in a panel discussion, “Depoliticizing SCOTUS,” at Vanderbilt Law School Oct. 1. The discussion is sponsored by the Vanderbilt chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Program in Law and Government, and is free and open to the public.

Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt Law School and Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School will address such policy proposals as term limits and ending the practice of publishing dissents as strategies aimed at stemming the growing politicization of the nation’s highest court. In an era of a highly politicized judicial branch, these scholars will explore solutions to rein in and reduce politicization of the Supreme Court in order to preserve its role in our constitutional system of government.

Suzanna Sherry writes extensively on constitutional law, federal courts and federal court procedures. She is the author of more than 100 books and articles, including recent work on judicial activism.

Ganesh Sitaraman is the co-author, with Anne Alstott, of The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality,” published in summer 2019, and author of The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution (Knopf, 2017).

Mark Tushnet is a legal historian and scholar of constitutional law and theory who is currently working on a history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s. Tushnet served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. His research has examined the practice of judicial review in the U.S. and around the world.

The discussion will start at noon Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Flynn Auditorium at Vanderbilt Law School, located at 131 21st Avenue South.


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