UGA law school to host conference on gerrymandering and redistricting

Friday, January 12, 2018

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law will hold a conference titled “Walking the Line: Modern Gerrymandering & Partisanship” on Feb. 2 in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall, located on UGA’s North Campus. The event is open to the public.

Organized by law students who are members of the Georgia Law Review, the conference will explore the current and future state of redistricting. The event will feature a diverse set of voices on topics at the intersection of election law, political science and politics, according to conference organizer, third-year law student John E. Farmer Jr. “The U.S. Supreme Court’s pending docket is the driving force behind this year’s conference theme, which will allow for important and timely dialogue on gerrymandering practices and redistricting,” he said.

Panel topics will include the Voting Rights Act of 1965, deriving a constitutional test for partisan gerrymandering, and redistricting implications in Georgia. Legal and political science scholars as well as practitioners will serve as panelists.

The keynote speaker will be Nicholas Stephanopoulos, the Fried Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. Stephanopoulos is a plaintiff’s attorney on the case Gill v. Whitford, which had oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during October 2017.

All attendees are requested to register at http://georgialawreview.org/. Attendance for UGA faculty, staff and students is free. The cost for non-attorneys is $12, and the cost for attorneys seeking continuing legal education credit for 4.5 hours, including 1.5 trial hours and 1 professionalism hour, is $80.

Frequently cited, the Georgia Law Review publishes insightful legal scholarship and commentary from faculty members, educators, members of the judiciary and legal practitioners. This student-edited journal, established in 1966, is published quarterly.

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Writer:  Heidi Murphy, 706-583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu
Contact:  John E. Farmer Jr., (919) 428-5702, john.farmer@uga.edu

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