Vice-Presidency, Symposium, Reform Proposals


This transcript is part of the published proceedings of a symposium convened by the American Bar Association’s Special Committee on Election Reform, which the ABA formed in 1973 and was chaired by John D. Feerick. The symposium took place at Fordham Law School on December 3, 1976. It occurred in the wake of the Watergate era, which saw the resignation of one vice president, the appointment of two vice presidents pursuant to the Twenty-Fifth Amendment’s Section 2, and a vice president’s succession to the presidency. The symposium’s purpose was to assemble experts on the vice-presidency to develop reform proposals related to the office.

In this transcript, John D. Feerick introduces the symposium and Joel K. Goldstein, who was studying the vice presidency as part of a Rhodes Scholarship, outlines three categories of reform proposals related to the vice presidency. Those categories were based on the part of the system of government they addressed: (1) the nomination process; (2) the election process; and (3) the office itself.

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