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Anthony Marcum

Research Associate, Governance Project, R Street Institute

Anthony Marcum is research associate with the governance team at the R Street Institute. His research and writing focus mainly on issues concerning the federal judiciary.

Anthony joined R Street in June 2018. Previously, he was a litigation attorney in Michigan, practicing in state and federal court. Before that, Anthony served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Anthony holds a BA from Ohio State University, a JD from Rutgers Law School, and an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center. He was an Eagleton Institute of Politics Legislative Fellow from 2013-2014. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Meredith.


Supreme Court term limits would increase political tensions around justices, not ease them

October 15, 2020
This piece originally appeared in USA Today. Here we go again. The third Supreme Court confirmation battle in less than four years has begun. Court watchers and policymakers have… Read More

For the Supreme Court, 8 Justices Would be Better than 9

October 7, 2020
(This piece by Anthony Marcum and James Wallner originally appeared in Politico.) Republican efforts to confirm a third Supreme Court justice in President Trump’s first term have reignited the… Read More

Senate Judiciary Committee’s Record on Virtual Hearings: May – Sept. 2020

October 6, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted Congress. According to GovTrack, 72 members of Congress so far “have been quarantined, tested positive for COVID-19, or came in contact with someone with COVID-19.”… Read More

Can the Senate Confirm a Supreme Court Nominee Before Election Day?

September 24, 2020
President Trump recently announced that he would name a nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this Saturday, leaving 38 days… Read More

Reforming the Judiciary: the Good, the Bad and the Even Worse

September 23, 2020
(This post originally appeared on The recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the forthcoming nomination of her replacement by President Trump has spurred numerous debates… Read More

Congress May Remove a Paywall to Justice

September 18, 2020
Note: On Tuesday, the House Judiciary passed H.R. 8235, the Open Courts Act of 2020, by voice vote. Would you believe the same committee that voted along party lines to impeach… Read More

Video: Symposium on congressional capacity and endless war in Afghanistan & Syria

November 21, 2019
The Brennan Center’s Elizabeth Gotien, and R Street’s Casey Burgat, Anthony Marcum, and James Wallner discuss Congressional Capacity and the Endless War in Afghanistan & Syria at the Legislative Branch… Read More

At congressional hearings, let the experts do the talking

March 1, 2019
Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing featuring President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen was what many expected it to be: largely scripted, with dramatic and partisan-tailored questions designed either to… Read More

Is PACER off the pace?

February 27, 2019
Websites often use paywalls, barring nonpaying readers from viewing their most exclusive content, to generate revenue and gain new subscribers. While many readers expect paywalls when scrolling through the online… Read More

Packing Supreme Court with more seats does nothing for democracy

January 31, 2019
With control of the House for the first time since 2011, Democrats have proposed a number of legislative initiatives, including ways to reform the federal judiciary. Indeed, following the confirmation… Read More