On Thursday, November 8, 2023, from 1:45 to 3:15 pm, in the Grand Ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel, the Federalist Society’s Professional Responsibility and Legal Education Practice Group will host a break-out session that will address Originalist Perspectives on Ethics and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In recent months, some members of Congress and the press have been beating the drum calling for an ethical code for the Supreme Court and its Justices. For its part, in Article III, the Constitution vests the “judicial Power” in “one Supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.” Congress has not only established lower courts,  it has long regulated several aspects of the high court, including its appellate jurisdiction, rules for establishing a quorum, and standards for recusal.

How far can Congress go? Can it establish and/or enforce an ethics code for the Court? If so, should it do so?


Join our experts in the Grand Ballroom of the Mayflower Hotel on Thursday, November 9, 2023, from 1:45 pm until 3:15 pm, for a stimulating discussion on these and other issues related to an originalist perspective on Supreme Court ethics.

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