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February 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Coffee and Voting Rights
Ever wondered what it’s like to argue a voting rights case at the Supreme Court? Or what burdens states can and cannot put on the franchise? The American Constitution Society invites you to personally discuss the issues that surround our right to vote including voter ID laws, gerrymandering, campaign finance, and others with two national experts.
Pamela S. Karlan is co-director of the school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, a constitutional law professor, and one of the foremost experts on voting rights in the country. She was appointed by President Obama to be Deputy Assistant Attorney General Head of Voting Rights in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. While at the Department of Justice, she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the department’s highest award for employee performance. She also served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission where she implemented California’s regulations of its electoral processes.
Paul M. Smith is Vice-President of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington D.C., a visiting professor teaching election law at Georgetown Law Center, and a former appellate partner at Jenner & Block, D.C. He has argued multiple critical voting rights cases at the Supreme Court, including Vieth v. Jubelirer, LULAC v. Perry, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, and most recently, the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford, and Ohio voting rolls case, Husted v. Philip Randolph Institute. He has also argued other leading constitutional cases including Lawrence v. Texas and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants.
Hot drinks and baked goods will be served!
- Admission Restrictions
- This is a Stanford Law School private/or invitation only event.