U.S. Supreme Court and Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, taken from the U.S. Capitol dome, Washington, D.C.

Courts and the Constitution

The Anti-Federalist Robert Yates once worried that federal judges would be “independent of the people, of the legislature, and of every power under heaven” and would “feel themselves independent of heaven itself.” Was he correct? And if so, what can we do about it?

Our goal is to understand judicial behavior, the judicial system, and reforms to that system. If we want better judges, better constitutional interpretation, and a fair and effective judicial system, we must first know how and why judges behave the way they do.  Accordingly, the Courts and the Constitution Initiative seeks to develop teachers, scholars, and students in ways that expand our understanding of the Federal Judiciary and its critical role in sustaining liberty.

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