Program Details

"Do Something About the Supreme Court!" Can we? If So, Should We?

Roy Klein
Video Catch-up

Course Description

The current Supreme Court has been called the most conservative one in more than 90 years. And with a 6-3 super-majority of conservative justices, this trend could continue for decades. Many progressives are calling for changes to the Court. But can any of the proposed changes be implemented? If so, should they be? To answer these questions, Roy Klein summarizes the Supreme Court's history, reviews some past efforts to change its structure, discusses how and why we've gotten to the current roster of justices, and analyzes the pros and cons of the current proposals to overhaul the Court.

About the Instructor

  • Roy Klein, J.D., Esq. is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In nearly forty-five years of legal practice, he has represented large companies, small businesses, and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and employment litigation, as well as serving pro bono in constitutional/civil-rights litigation. As President of the Nassau County (N.Y.) chapter of the ACLU, Klein spoke regularly to high school, college, civic, and community groups on a wide variety of constitutional/civil-liberties issues. He also contributed to a Time Kids publication for middle-schoolers about the Constitution. He's coached a high-school mock-trial team for nearly 20 years. And he's judged numerous high-school, college, and law-school mock-trial and moot-court competitions.