Constitution week Conference Unpacking the Court: Considering Article III

Constitution week Conference Unpacking the Court: Considering Article III

Special Livestream Event


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September 16

9:00 a.m. -   Dr. Matthew Brogdon
  The Court and the 1787 Constitutional Convention
                            Location: CB 510-511
10:00 a.m. -Professor William Ross & Dr. Alex Badas
  FDR's 1937 Court Packing Controversy and other Court Curbing Attempts
                            Location: CB 101c
1:00 p.m. -   Professor Daniel Epps
 Does the Supreme Court Need Saving?
                           Location: CB 510-511

September 17

9:00 a.m. -    Dr. Matthew Brogdon
  Professor Grace Mallon
  Professor William Ross
  Dr. Alex Badas
  U.S. Supreme Court History: Court Packing and Other Structural Challenges
                            Location: Noorda Center
11:30 a.m. - Discussion Panel
  Debating Court Reform
                            Location: Noorda Center



Alex Badas

Alex Badas is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Houston. His research focuses on judicial politics and covers topics such as public attitudes towards the judiciary and judicial decision-making. He earned his PhD from Indiana University. 


matthew-brogdonMatthew Brogdon

Matthew Brogdon is associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches a wide array of courses related to constitutional law and politics, political philosophy, and political institutions. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Baylor University. His research on the creation of the federal judiciary, American political thought, and American constitutional development has appeared in The Review of Politics, American Political Thought, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Interpretation, and Perspectives on Political Science.


verlan-lewisVerlan Lewis

Verlan Lewis is the David and Laurea Stirling Professor of Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University. He researches, teaches, and writes about the interaction of political ideas and institutions in American constitutional development. He is currently a visiting scholar in the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University where he is writing his next book on the rise of left and right in American politics.

grace-mallonGrace Mallon

Grace Mallon is a historian of politics, government, and law in the United States. She is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation on federalism and intergovernmental relations in the early American republic at Oxford University, where she is supervised by Nicholas Cole. Her writing has been published in Reviews in History, the International Journal on Digital Libraries, and the Washington Post. Her research has been supported by University College, Oxford, the Rothermere American Institute, the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. In 2022, she will be a fellow at the Washington Library. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from Oxford.


William G. Ross

William G. Ross is the Albert P. Brewer Professor of Law and Ethics at the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, where his courses include Constitutional Law, American Constitutional History, Professional Responsibilities, and Civil Procedure. A graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law School, he practiced law in Manhattan for nine years before joining the Cumberland faculty in 1988. He has published several books about constitutional history, including A Muted Fury: Populists, Progressives, and Labor Unions Confront the Courts, 1890-1937 (Princeton University Press, 1994); The Chief Justiceship of Charles Evans Hughes, 1930-1941 (University of South Carolina Press, 2007), and World War I and the American Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His publications on ethics include The Honest Hour: The Ethics of Time-Based Billing (Carolina Academic Press, 1996).


Daniel Epps

Daniel Epps is Treiman Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where his research and teaching revolve around constitutional law and criminal law and procedure. Professor Epps is a nationally recognized expert on the Supreme Court who is regularly quoted in the media and he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He has particular expertise in Supreme Court reform, where his work is influencing major policy debates. After Presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg endorsed his and Ganesh Sitaraman’s proposal to restructure the Supreme Court, the plan received widespread attention from the popular press. His legal scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, and his writing for popular audiences has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, and The Atlantic. He currently co-hosts (with William Baude) Divided Argument, a podcast that analyzes the Supreme Court’s decisions. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.