Symposium Participants

Keynote Speaker:

Nicholas Stephanopoulos, University of Chicago Law School

Panel 1: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Panelists will explore how courts have recently grappled with modern redistricting practices and race under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Supreme Court’s decision in Cooper v. Harris, decided May 2017, will guide discussion in what constitutes unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.

Panelists: Franita Tolson (USC Gould School of Law); Michael Li (NYU School of Law, Brennan Center for Justice); and Allison Riggs (Southern Coalition for Social Justice).

Moderator: Keith Poole (University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs).

Panel 2: Deriving a Constitutional Test for Partisan Gerrymandering

This term, the Supreme Court considers partisan gerrymandering in Gill v. Whitford. Plaintiffs propose a test to determine constitutionality of lines drawn for partisan advantage. This panel will explore the need and viability of the proposed test, as well as survey other key cases in North Carolina, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Panelists: Jowei Chen (University of Michigan, Department of Political Science); Emmet Bondurant (Boundarant, Mixson & Elmore LLP); and Edward Foley (Ohio State University).

Moderator: Lori Ringhand (University of Georgia School of Law)

Panel 3: Redistricting Implications in Georgia

Panelists will identify current gerrymandering issues in Georgia, and propose solutions in reforming election law within the State.

Panelists: David Dove (Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield); Francis Johnson (The Johnson Firm P.C.); and Anne Lewis (Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP).

Moderator: Charles Bullock (University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs).