Spring 2010 Symposium – Helping America Vote: The Past, Present, and Future of Election Administration

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The 2008 election season brought an unprecedented level of attention to the system of election administration in this country.  Fraudulent voter registration, registration list purges, provisional voting, ballot design issues, and oversight by partisan officials all became hotly debated topics.  As we moved into the 2010 election cycle, we anticipated that these issues would again be at the forefront of public debate.  This symposium focused on legislative reforms to improve election administration, including voter registration, voting technology, ballot design, voter ID laws, and the selection of election officials.

Time and Location

9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
New York University School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South

This event is free and open to the public.  Photo I.D. is required for admission.
6.5 CLE Credits will be awarded for full event attendance.

Symposium Schedule
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:45 – 11:15 a.m. Panel One: Voter Registration ReformModerator: Jonathan Nagler, NYU Department of PoliticsPanelists:Wendy Weiser
Brennan Center for Justice

Michael McDonald
George Mason University

Trevor Potter
Caplin & Drysdale Attorneys

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Practitioner Roundtable: Election Day Litigation ExperienceModerator: Jerry Goldfeder, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLPPanelists:Kristen Clarke
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Marc Elias
Perkins Coie, LLP

Justin Levitt
Brennan Center for Justice

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break
1:15 – 3:00 p.m. Panel Two: Mechanics of ElectionsModerator: Tanya Clay House, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil RightsPanelists:Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh
New York State Assembly

Lawrence Norden
Brennan Center for Justice

Michael Pitts
Indiana University School of Law

Charles Stewart
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Coffee Break
3:15 – 5:00 p.m. Panel Three: Reform of the Election Administration SystemModerator: John Ferejohn, NYU School of LawPanelists:Edward Foley
Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

Steven Huefner
Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

Christopher Elmendorf
University of California Davis School of Law


5:00 – 5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks



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