Call for Proposals - The Supreme Court, Politics and Reform



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Malibu, California


Pepperdine Law Review

Next April, the Pepperdine Law Review will hold its annual symposium on the question of whether the political deadlock over the Merrick Garland nomination provides a stark indication the U.S. Supreme Court has become an unduly political institution, and, if so, what internal and external reforms might address this problem. We invite all interested scholars to submit a relevant proposal to present at the symposium and be considered for publication in a special edition of our law review.

COMMENTATORS: Confirmed lead commentators include:
- Akhil Amar (Yale)
- Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine)
- Michael McConnell (Stanford)
- Hon. Richard Posner (by teleconference)
- Mark Tushnet (Harvard)

OVERVIEW: Speaking slots are limited and proposals will be selected on the basis of, among other things, how well they facilitate comprehensive coverage of the questions to be examined. Where proposals identify problems, those that also explore specific reform measures will be accorded additional weight. Selected speakers will present their ideas in breakout panel sessions, and are requested to submit papers for potential publication. However, due to space and resource constraints, not all papers will be selected. Except for meals provided at the symposium, speakers are expected to cover their own expenses of attending and make their own travel and lodging arrangements. Symposium staff will be available to make lodging recommendations and assist with other logistics.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please do so by Friday, November 11, 2016. Proposals and accompanying biographies should be no longer than one page each. They should be submitted to Sophia Sipsas at For questions about the conference, you may contact our events manager Suzanne Inman at