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Rutgers University law professor Elise Boddie. (Photo: Courtesy of Rutgers University)

Two New Jersey professors tapped for Biden’s Supreme Court reform commission

By Nikita Biryukov, April 09 2021 12:17 pm

Two New Jersey professors will join a panel of law experts tapped by President Joe Biden to weigh reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House announced Friday.

Keith Whittington, Princeton University’s William Nelson Cromwell professor of politics, and Rutgers University law professor Elise Boddie, a Judge Robert L. Carter scholar, will join 34 others on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.

The panel is tasked with examining “the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.”

During the election, Biden repeatedly hedged on expanding the number of seats on the country’s high court, facing calls from progressives for a wider bench and the risk of backlash from conservative voters over the same.

Conservatives hold a 6-3 SCOTUS majority following President Donald Trump’s term in office. Trump nominated three judges — Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barret — to the highest bench in the land.

The panel must complete its report within 180 days of its first public meeting.

New York University professor of practice Bob Bauer, a former White House counsel, and Yale Law School professor Cristina Rodriguez, a former deputy assistant U.S. attorney general will serve as commission co-chairs.

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