"Gerrymandering and the Constitution" -David W. Carrithers Lecture on Law, Politics, and Public Policy

Thursday, October 11, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Derthick Hall 201
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Tenai Harden
Political Science

“Gerrymandering and the Constitution” a lecture by Edward “Ned” Foley, Ebsersold Chair in Constitutional Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

What should be the U.S. Supreme Court’s approach to the important question of gerrymandering?  Should the Court stay out of the partisan fray, on the ground that the Court only will get muddy itself, without being able to identify neutral, nonpartisan principles for handling these inherently political cases?  Or should the Court instead protect American democracy from the evil of excessive partisan gerrymanders, which cripples political participation, because voters are unable to protect themselves from the politicians’ improper manipulation of the system?      

 Edward “Ned” Foley is the Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law and director of Election Law @ Moritz at Ohio State’s law school. His book Ballot Ballots: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States (Oxford University Press), was a finalist for the 2016 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History. Professor Foley has taught at Ohio State since 1991. Before then, he clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Justice Harry Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. In 1999, he took a leave from the faculty to serve as the state solicitor in the office of Ohio’s Attorney General. In that capacity, he was responsible for the state’s appellate and constitutional cases. Professor Foley is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Yale College.

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