Senior Vice President, Structural Reform and Governance; Senior Fellow
Structural Reform and Governance
The Courts and Legal Policy team works to advance reforms to make America’s legal system more accessible and just for ordinary people.
Despite recent and historic gains, America’s federal judges remain overwhelmingly white and male, and the bench is stacked with those from corporate law backgrounds and former federal prosecutors. Appointing diverse nominees with diverse backgrounds is essential to strengthening the courts.
From significant expansion of the lower courts to instituting term limits for Supreme Court justices, it is critical to enact reforms that will ensure that the size of the judiciary and the makeup of the Supreme Court reflect the needs of the American people and the realities of modern life.
Too often, justice in America’s courtrooms is only accessible to those with means and in power. The need to expand access to justice has only become more pressing as COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing legal inequities. All people, regardless of income or status, deserve high-quality legal help.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will continue to have an outsize role in shaping the state’s elections, redistricting, and abortion rights in the coming years.