- 2019 Annual Volume, Volume 47

A Call for America’s Law Professors to Oppose Court-Packing

Article By: Bruce Ledewitz

2019 PEPP. L. REV. 1 (2019)

A Court-packing proposal is imminent. Mainstream Democratic Party Presidential Candidates are already supporting it. The number of Justices on the Supreme Court has been set at nine since 1869, but this is merely a statutory requirement. As soon as Democrats regain control of the Presidency and the Congress, Court-packing will be on the agenda, either expressly or under the guise of Court-reform. Now is the time for the American legal academy to join together to oppose this threat. Court-packing would threaten democracy, destroy the rule of law and undermine judicial independence. It is a pointless and unnecessary reaction born of frustration and nihilism. It can be defeated, but only if America’s law professors act now.

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