The 2021 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate explored whether U.S. Supreme Court Justices should have term limits. Two top experts in constitutional law argued for and against the merits of lifetime appointments for the highest court in the nation: Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, and Ilya Shapiro, the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute.
The speakers covered a range of topics from the partisan divide in nominations and confirmations to the contentious proposal of packing the court. Both acknowledged that while the Supreme Court is a vital part of our checks and balances system, it has fallen victim to, at least in part, the partisan politics plaguing the rest of our country’s institutions. The lively debate was organized and co-moderated by Andrew Ordentlich ’22, the co-chair of the Goldfarb Student Executive Board.