Yesterday, the Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. What does this mean for the future of the Supreme Court? Today, we hear perspectives from three legal experts: Anna Law, Mary Ziegler, and Renee Knake Jefferson.
They cover topics like the rushed nature of the process; court packing; what will happen to Roe v. Wade and other important issues like voting rights, the census count, and union law under a conservative Supreme Court; the possibility of federal judiciary reform; how the Democrats should respond if they are elected; upholding the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and what it means for all of this to happen in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic and a general election where 62 million Americans have already cast their ballots.
Anna Law is an associate professor of political science and holds the Herb Kurz Chair in Constitutional Rights at Brooklyn College. She is the author of The Immigration Battle in American Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Mary Ziegler is a professor at Florida State University College of Law. She is the author of several books, most recently Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
Renee Knake Jefferson teaches legal ethics and constitutional law at the University of Houston. Her latest book is Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court (NYU Press, 2020).