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The Wealth of Congress

Jonathan Klick June 14, 2017
Article I Initiative

Professor Jonathan Klick’s paper is an empirical inquiry into the impact of congressional service on the personal wealth of those elected. Professor Klick tackles the question “Does working in Congress help one become rich?” Among other factors, he examines insider trading among members, financial behavior upon leaving office, the correlation of committee assignments and wealth accumulation. While acknowledging the difficulty of making casual inferences due to incomplete disclosure data, Professor Klick interprets his results as evidence that House members are indeed getting richer.

The Place of Congress in the Constitutional Order

Keith Whittington June 14, 2017
Article I Initiative

Professor Keith Whittington argues in favor of the centrality of Congress in the American constitutional order. Using historical and constitutional evidence, he asserts that the Founders intentionally established the federal legislature as the most important branch of government. He goes on to explore the inherent virtues and vices of the institution and the implications of its primacy among the three branches. 

A Modest Proposal for the Reduction of the Size of the Federal Judiciary by Two-Thirds

Federalist Society Review, Volume 18
Brian M. Cogan June 05, 2017

This is the first article in a new Commentary section in the Federalist Society Review. In this section, we will feature interesting ideas and provocative proposals related to the legal profession. Here, a federal district judge tells us from his point of view of a few simple things Congress could do to dramatically reduce federal judges’ caseloads—largely by moving more state law-based cases into state court. [Read Now]