On Friday, April 9, The White House announced that Alabama Law’s Charles E. Tweedy, Jr., Endowed Chairholder of Law and Director of the Program in Constitutional Studies, Tara Leigh Grove, has been selected as a Commissioner for the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States—which was formed by an executive order issued by President Biden.
Serving as a bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the debate over reforming the Court, the Commission consists of top legal and academic scholars from across the country, former federal judges, and leading legal practitioners.
According to a press release from The White House, “the Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform—including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals. The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.”
Professor Grove joined the University of Alabama School of Law in June of 2020. She graduated summa cum laude from Duke University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as the Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Grove clerked for Judge Emilio Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then spent four years as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Appellate Staff, where she argued fifteen cases in the courts of appeals. Grove has served as a visiting professor at both Harvard Law School and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Professor Grove’s research focuses on the federal judiciary and the constitutional separation of powers. She has published with prestigious law journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, New York University Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review. In 2021, Professor Grove became the newest coauthor of the prominent federal courts casebook, Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations (9th ed.): 2021 Supplement (with Peter W. Low, John C. Jeffries, Jr., & Curtis A. Bradley). She has also received awards for both her research and her teaching, including the Walter L. Williams, Jr., Memorial Teaching Award and the Paul M. Bator Award.