Friday, April 13, 2012 | 9:15 am – 5:00 pm
The State House Annex, Trenton, New Jersey
Protecting the Right to Vote: The Voting Rights Act a Half Century Later,
Where are We and What Challenges Remain
Protecting Access to the Polls While Protecting Against Voter Fraud:
Is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Working?
Protecting Minority Representation Through Redistricting under Section 2
Remembering The People and Practices Leading
to the Passage of the Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act Half a Century Later: Where Do We Go From Here?
Mark C. Alexander – Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law. Professor Alexander served as a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.
Mark Braden – Of Counsel, Baker Hostetler. Served for ten years as Chief Counsel to the Republican National Committee and has been special counsel to the House Administration Committee.
Ronald K. Chen – Vice Dean, Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Served as Counsel to the Chairman of the 2011 New Jersey Redistricting Commission and as New Jersey Public Advocate.
Kareem Crayton – Associate Professor of Law at University of North Carolina School of Law. Teaches Election Law, Law and Social Science, and Legislative Process.
John J. Farmer, Jr. – Dean, Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Served as Chairman of the 2011 New Jersey Redistricting Commission and as Counsel to the Independent Member of the 2011 New Jersey Reapportionment Commission.
Angelo Genova – Partner, Genova, Burns & Giantomasi, Has successfully litigated many high-profile and precedent-setting cases, having served as counsel to the campaigns of numerous gubernatorial, and federal, state, and local office holders and candidates.
David Goodman – President of The Andrew Goodman Foundation for Social Justice, Human Dignity and Civil Rights.
Ryan Haygood – Director of the Political Participation Group at NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Was a member of the litigation team that successfully defended a constitutional challenge of the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court in 2009 (Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. One v. Holder).
J. Gerald Hebert – Solo practitioner with extensive election law and redistricting experience, including former Acting Chief, Deputy Chief, and Special Litigation Counsel in the Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
Lorraine Minnite – Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Rutgers University. Author and co-author of two books on electoral rules and racial and class politics, including The Myth of Voter Fraud.
Myrna Pérez – Senior Counsel, Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. Works on a variety of voting rights related issues, including redistricting, voter registration list maintenance, and access to the ballot box.
Thomas Perez – Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
Honorable Gary Stein – Retired Supreme Court of New Jersey Justice and Professor of Law of Democracy and Health Care Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark.
Brenda Wright – Director, Democracy Program at Dēmos. Has argued both campaign finance reform (Randall v. Sorrell) and voting rights (Young v. Fordice) cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto
THE FUTURE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT
For Discussions on Current Issues in Election Law see Professor Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog
ACLU has Published a Comprehensive Collection of Voter Information for Each state: Know Your Voting Rights
|Supreme Court will Hear Challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
Op-Ed: Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act – Have the Past Three Years Strengthened the Case for its Constitutionality?By Brenda Wright, Vice President for Legal Strategies at Demos
Recent Activity on Voting Rights Challenges Across the Nation
Voting Rights on Election Day:
• Election Problems Included Confusion, Intimidation, Untrained Poll Workers
Voter ID Laws:
• Voting Rights Advocates: It’s not as Bad as We Thought
• California– California Redistricting Fuels Competitive Races That Lure Outside Funds
Access to Polls:
• Florida- Democrats Sue to Extend Early Voting Period