There are few greater delights in legal scholarship than the opportunity to have the last word in a symposium featuring distinguished - and dramatically differing - viewpoints. The thirteen contributions that precede this afterword offer a provocative and representative set of reactions to the ongoing debate over the role of the Supreme Court in the American polity. This debate is by no means new, or even middle-aged. The struggle over the confirmation of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas is but the latest in a long line of pressure points in American constitutional history - events such as controversial Supreme Court decisions, congressional attempts to limit federal court jurisdiction, court-packing plans, and other heatedly contested judicial nominations - that have brought the issue of the character and function of the Supreme Court to the "front page" of popular discourse.
Michael A. Wolf,
Saving the Honorable Court: Assessing the Proper Role of the Modern Supreme Court,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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