In 2020, the National Constitution Center sponsored a constitution-drafting project in which it named three groups to produce their own revised versions of the Constitution: a conservative team, a libertarian team, and a progressive one—each composed of prominent academics and other experts on constitutional law issues. The exercised revealed some important points of agreement between the three teams (even though they also predictably differed on other issues). NCC called the three teams back together this year to discuss possible constitutional amendments.
They did this, and now the consensus amendments have been made. The introductions of Caroline Frederickson (Team Progressive), Ilan Wurman (“Team Conservative”), and Ilya Shapiro (“Team Libertarian”) are all available here. [Note: despite the similar names, Ilya Shapiro is a different person from me].
The following is their list of proposed amendments:
- Supreme Court justices are subject to a term limit
This amendment would limit Supreme Court justices to 18-year terms. A new justice will be appointed every other year. Here are the benefits of term limits for Supreme Court justices. This amendment also sets the number of justices at 9 to eliminate the possibility of court-packing.