At a news conference on the steps of the Supreme Court, surrounded by members of Congress and advocates for reforming SCOTUS, we launch Term Limit the Court, Supporting efforts like Rep. Hank Johnson to end lifetime tenure on the Supreme Court. Bills like the Term Act will ensure a more balanced and ethical court.
Future Chief Justice John Roberts
In 1951, the United States ratified the 22nd Amendment to avoid a singular personality dictating our country's path for too long. Today, we face a similar dilemma: the individual opinions of the Supreme Court.
Justices have a stranglehold on American life – and our governance. Americans are exhausted by factional disagreement without end. While voters head to the polls each November to make their voices
heard, the impact of those voices is limited by Justices who intervene without a meaningful limit to their power, often in a partisan manner discarding decades of precedent – and with no limits on the duration
of their terms. We can encourage a court more reflective of the American people by limiting these lifetime terms for Supreme Court Justices. We expect this action could gain broad support and be
a popular, bipartisan measure to unite the country during a period of immense division.
67% of Americans favor term limits for Supreme Court justices, according to an AP and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That includes 82% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans.
Supreme Court approval drops to an all-time low
A Quinnipiac University poll found just 30 percent of registered voters approved of the nation’s highest court, while 59 percent disapproved.
The objective of Term Limit The Court is a robust national campaign that will capture political attention and force Congress to consider SCOTUS term limits as the solution for the growing lack of trust in the Supreme Court as a body reflective of values Americans cherish. It will be the intention to make TLTC the leader in public efforts to reform the court.
Term Limit the Court: Strategic Plan
The mission of Term Limit the Court (TLTC) is to advance and lead the effort to create term limits for justices on the United States Supreme Court through legislation adopted by Congress and signed into law by the President.
Legislation: TLTC will work directly with members of Congress and their staff to support the introduction of term-limit legislation. TLTC will also partner with existing non-profit and government organizations to build political support for a term limit law.
Messaging: While public polling consistently shows a large percentage of Americans support Supreme Court term limits, TLTC will embark on a deeper dive into public opinion to produce effective messaging to increase support.
Grassroots Advocacy: TLTC will work with grassroots political organizations and parties to raise awareness and support for Supreme Court term limits among voters. This will include encouraging candidates for federal office to support term limits and possibly supporting candidates who pledge support.
Advisory Board: TLTC is assembling an advisory board of legal and political experts to help guide and implement its strategy.
Passing a term limit law is an ambitious but achievable goal that may take several years. TLTC is committed to this long-term effort and is building a sustainable apparatus that will span multiple political cycles to achieve its goals.
Honorable Nancy Gertner - Former Federal District Court Judge and member of the Presidential Commission on SCOTUS.
Honorable Jim Jones - Former Idaho Attorney General. Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice.
Honorable Andrew Warren - State Attorney Hillsborough County, Florida.
Donald Scarinci - Attorney and Editor Constitutional Law Reporter.
Alan Cohn - Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and 2020 Democratic Nominee for Congress in FL-15.
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