Rodríguez is an immigration and constitutional law expert who also worked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Goldsmith is a Conservative and was a huge contributor to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. He’s probably there for this “unit” and is balanced by Frederickson. The American Constitution Society, which Freerickson helped found and grow, has served as an antithesis to the Federalist Society, except that it does not own the democratic establishment. Frederickson has a long history of serious progressive credibility and has served as Director of the ACLU Legislative Office in Washington and General Counsel and Legal Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In a 2019 interview, she clarified that “the Supreme Court is not defined in the Constitution as a” nine-person body “and has changed its size many times over.”
The commission will eventually have between 9 and 15 members. Whether it is a sincere effort that will lead to real reform is questioned by many reform-minded proponents. “Commissions are often places where ideas die and there is no time to reform the court,” said Aaron Belkin, director of Take Back the Court. “The whole agenda of what needs to be done is in thanks to stolen federal courts Danger.”
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer expressed a little less skepticism this week but doesn’t sound particularly enthusiastic. “President Biden put this commission together to produce a report in 180 days. […] We shall see what the commission says and go from there. “
A lot can happen in six months, like dozens of really terrible regressive Supreme Court rulings that could block many of the ambitious and progressive policies and programs that Biden is pursuing.