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The Voting Rights Act at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Vote

The Louisiana Law Review’s 2015 Symposium, The Voting Rights Act at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of the Right to Vote, will be held Friday, January 16, 2015, at the LSU Law Center. The symposium is co-sponsored by the LSU Law Center and the Pugh Institute for Justice. Click here for registration information.

Experts from across the nation will gather to mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Participants will celebrate what the Voting Rights Act has achieved, discuss the challenges that it faces today, and consider what the future may hold for the Act and its underlying goal of a broad and non-discriminatory exercise of all citizens’ right to vote.

Dean Wendy Brown Scott of the Mississippi College of Law will deliver the keynote address, Looking Back: What Justice Thurgood Marshall Can Teach Us About the Voting Rights Act.

Panel discussions will include:

  • History of U.S. Voting Rights
    Paul Finkelman, Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
    Earl Maltz, Rutgers School of Law
    Orville Vernon Burton, Clemson University
  • Voting Rights and the Problem of Electoral Gerrymandering
    Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
    Franita Tolson, Florida State University School of Law
    Theodore Rave, University of Houston Law Center
  • The Future of the Voting Rights Act after Shelby County
    Seth Davis, University of California-Irvine, School of Law
    Nicholas Stephanopoulos, University of Chicago Law School
    John Neiman, Maynard, Cooper & Gale PC

Seven free CLE hours are available to Louisiana attorneys.

Registration is required. The registration deadline is January 9, 2015. This symposium is brought to you free of charge.

For more information, please contact the Louisiana Law Review at 225/578-1683 or