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Constitution Day Events

Our annual Constitution Day events foster discussion and dialogue about the Constitution and its role in U.S. and world history and modern life.

Constitution Day 2021


Should Life Tenure for Judges be Abolished?

Thursday, September 16, 2021
7 p.m. in a Zoom webinar at this link.

Article III of the Constitution grants lifetime tenure to federal judges. Recently, this has caused political turmoil when when high profile justices of the Supreme Court die while in office, leaving the President and Senate to decide whether, when and how to fill the vacancy. Should lifetime tenure be removed and replaced with a less partisan process? Artemus Ward, a scholar of the Supreme Court and author of Deciding to Leave: The Politics of Retirement at the U.S. Supreme Court, explores these questions and their Constitutional implications.

About the Speaker

Artemus Ward is a professor of political science and faculty associate at the College of Law at Northern Illinois University. His research on the U.S. Supreme Court and has been featured by NBC Nightly News, Fox News, The New York Times and other major national news outlets.

His books include American Judicial Process: Myth and Reality in Law and Courts (2015) and Deciding to Leave: The Politics of Retirement at the U.S. Supreme Court (2003).

He received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1999 and worked as a staffer on the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C.

Joining the Webinar

Join the webinar with this link, or dial in using the information below:
Dial one of the following U.S. numbers: 312-626-6799, 646-558-8656, 301-715-8592, 346-248-7799, 720-707-2699, 253-215-8782
Webinar ID: 848 1049 1360
Passcode: 959156
International call-in numbers available here.

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