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2021-22 Symposium

Minnesota Law Review, Volume 106 Symposium

“A Hill to Die On: Federal Court Reform in the 2020s”

Friday, March 25, 2022

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Over a short period of time, the structure of our federal courts has become a hot topic of political, scholarly, and cultural debate. While the Article III judiciary has never been immune from such concerns, the last half-decade has seen fights over the courts erupt into a full-scale partisan and academic war. A live recording of the popular Supreme Court analysis podcast, Strict Scrutiny, will kick off the day. Our first panel is a discussion of proposed changes  to the lower federal courts. Our second panel is a discussion of Supreme Court reform.


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Listen to the Strict Scrutiny Episode:

YouTube link for Federal Judiciary panel:

YouTube link for SCOTUS panel:


Symposium Schedule Available Here

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Symposium Speakers and Authors:

Molly Coleman, Executive Director, People’s Parity Project

Daniel Epps, Treiman Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Tara Leigh Grove, Charles E. Tweedy, Jr. Endowed Chairholder in Law, University of Alabama School of Law

Marin K. Levy, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Leah Litman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Kate Shaw, Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law

Stephen I. Vladeck, Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts, University of Texas School of Law