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All About President Biden’s New Supreme Court Commission


President Joe Biden recently issued an executive order creating a bipartisan commission of 36 experts to study structural changes to the Supreme Court. The commission is comprised of legal scholars, former federal judges and practicing lawyers, and others with expertise in constitutional law, history, and political science. The panel has 180 days to complete a report on measures to improve the federal judiciary, including increasing the number of justices and term limits. In his order, Biden instructed the commission to hold public hearings on the issue and to accept testimony and submissions from other legal experts, organizations and members of the public who want to weigh in.

The Supreme Court currently stands with a conservative tilt, 6 to 3, after the addition of former President Donald Trump’s three choices, Neil GorsuchBrett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed just days before last year’s presidential election. Back in October when court-packing was a hot topic, Biden said he was “not a fan.”

View this executive order in the Federal Register within HeinOnline.

Biden’s Presidential Commission

Let’s take a look at Biden’s bipartisan commission, and be sure check out their HeinOnline author profiles to peruse their scholarly works.

Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions

Users will be able to discover these future reports in the Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Boards database. It includes the Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and other Advisory Boards: A Bibliographic Listing which was named to the 2018 List of Best Historical Materials. This print and online resource is an extensive listing of publications created by presidential advisory bodies and is updated regularly with publications from current presidents and newly discovered documents from past administrations. Whenever possible, links to the full text of reports are provided (currently clocking in at more than 1,700). In addition, find a number of related hearings, scholarly articles, and other supplemental material. To maintain currency, the online resource is updated at least twice annually as new material is discovered, indexed, and integrated into the database.

Screenshot of U.S. Presidential Commission Reports Index
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