Fall 2013 Symposium – The Future of Voting Rights

On November 13, 2013, the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy and N.Y.U. Law Office of Development and Alumni Relations co-sponsored the 2013 Law Alumni Association (LAA) Annual Fall Conference titled, “The Future of Voting Rights.”

The conference explored the future of voting rights in the United States with a particular focus on the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision affecting the Voting Rights Act. The speakers debated controversial law of democracy issues including national identification cards, discriminatory polling practices, and a number of other possible reforms.

Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law moderated the conference. Panelists included Robert Bauer, senior lecturer at NYU School of Law and co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration; Julie Fernandes, senior policy analyst at Open Society Foundations; Benjamin L. Ginsberg, partner and lobbyist at Patton Boggs and co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration; Dale Ho, director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project; Samuel Issacharoff, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law; Spencer A. Overton, professor of law at George Washington University Law School; and Myrna Pérez, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.