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SLO Library Community Room
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Thursday, January 20, 2022  10:30am - 12:30pm  SLO Library Community Room

In this LLCC class, Alex S. Karlin, a member of the Supreme Court Bar, a retired Federal Administrative Law Judge, and native of Washington DC, will review the  November 2021 Report by Bidens Blue Ribbon Commission on Reforming the Supreme Court, and discuss whether and how the Court can be reformed.

The Supreme Court, as the final arbiter of the meaning and interpretation of all law in the United States has enormous power and impact on the lives of American citizens.  At the same time SCOTUS is the least democratic branch of the federal government. Is this a problem?  Can it be fixed?

In April 2021, President Biden created a commission of 36 distinguished constitutional scholars and jurists to study this problem and to recommend possible solutions and reforms.  Packing the Court is just the tip of the iceberg.  Other possible reforms include term limits, eliminating the shadow docket, changing the confirmation process, stripping SCOTUS of jurisdiction, and/or allowing Congress to veto Supreme Court decisions entirely.

Or perhaps the President, like Andrew Jackson, can simply ignore SCOTUS decisions?  The Commission has held several public meetings, has heard testimony from 67 experts, and has received over 9000 public comments. Its report was due in November 2021.

Alex S. Karlin is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court, a Federal Administrative Law Judge, and native of Washington DC (now happily retired in SLO).He has studied the Supreme Court for 40 years, been involved in briefing for Supreme Court, cases and has sat in on a number of oral arguments in the Supreme Court. He has given several LLCC classes on SCOTUS and these are available online at the LLCC website.

If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.

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All courses or classes are subject to rescheduling and cancellation. The safety and well-being of all our members, other course attendees, and volunteers is very important to LLCC, and we thank you for your understanding. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in class!

Attendance Policies

Course attendees will present a government-issued ID such as a passport or driver's license and proof of a full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the date of a class. Attendees must show a record of a booster dose of vaccine if the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or the single shot from J&J) was taken more than nine months before the day of the class. Attendees who need a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or deeply held religious belief must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the class date.

All attendees and volunteers are required to wear masks (covering their nose and mouth) in all areas of all venues used by LLCC and throughout the class. Please stay home if you are feeling ill.


SLO Library Community Room (View)
995 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
United States


Education > Classes

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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