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Southern California Law Review


Since the Founding, Supreme Court justices have enjoyed life tenure. This helps insulate the justices from political pressures, but it also results in unpredictable deaths and strategic retirements determining the timing of Court vacancies. In order to regularize the appointment process, a number of academics and policymakers have put forward detailed term limits proposals. However, many of these proposals have been silent on many key design decisions and there has been almost no empirical work assessing the impact that term limits would have on the composition of the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court, Empirical, Term Limits, Simulations

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Kyle Rozema, Designing Supreme Court Term Limits, 95 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1 (2021)