Alexander Hamilton on Judicial Independence

Short video featuring Adam White
Adam J. White October 20, 2016

What is the proper role of the Supreme Court in the government and in society? Adam White, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton's take on the role of the Supreme Court, and what judicial independence means for America today.

Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America - Podcast

Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
Daniel Horowitz, Eileen J. O'Connor September 20, 2016

Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America, by Daniel Horowitz, discusses the possible political repercussions of President Obama’s judicial appointments. President Obama has filled roughly 30% of the federal judicial seats in his tenure as President. In this Teleforum, Daniel Horowitz will discuss his book and how he believes the will of the people is being usurped by activist judges.


  • Daniel Horowitz, Author, Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America
  • Moderator: Hon. Eileen J. O'Connor, Founder, Law Office of Eileen J. O'Connor, PLLC

The Least Dangerous Branch? Reflections on Bickel’s Classic - Podcast

Professional Responsibilities & Legal Education Practice Group Podcast
Erwin Chemerinsky, James A. Haynes, Ronald Rotunda July 14, 2016

The Federalist Society's Teleforum series, Legal Classics Revisited, will consider Professor Alexander Bickel's 1962 book, The Least Dangerous Branch. In a life cut short just before his 50th birthday, Professor Bickel contributed to our understanding of American constitutional law. Among his more provocative concepts was the "counter-majoritarian difficulty." It is not unique to observe that in a nation governed by elected representatives, an unelected Federal judiciary with lifetime tenure represents an anomaly. Alexander Hamilton penned Federalist No. 78 to explain and defend the idea. Professor Bickel takes Hamilton's idea and his title and spends his book exploring the questions: How can an unelected branch of government be a co-equal branch of government? How can society enjoy the benefits of an impartial judiciary without seismic jolting along the fault line between majoritarian and counter-majoritarian institutions? Professor Bickel's questions are still extremely relevant today.


  • Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine
  • James A. Haynes, Attorney and Alternate Judge, U.S. Dept of Labor, Employees Compensation Appeals Board
  • Prof. Ronald Rotunda, Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Is having only 8 Supreme Court Justices a problem?

Short video featuring Steven Calabresi
Steven G. Calabresi June 10, 2016

Steven G. Calabresi, Professor of Law at Northwestern University, discusses the number of Justices who sit on the Supreme Court. He contrasts our current Court of nine Justices with earlier periods in US history, international Courts, and state Supreme Courts. He also explains what happens when a case gets a 4-4 vote.