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Election Reform: Voting Rights for the New Millennium

On Friday, September 30, 2005, the University of the District of Columbia Law Review presented its annual fall symposium at the School of Law. The day-long event featured panels on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Help America Vote Act, the Mechanisms of Voting, Federal Election Reform, and more. The Luncheon Address featured members of Congress Tom Davis (R-VA) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) discussing recent bills proposed in the House of Representatives to provide District of Columbia residents with voting representation in Congress. The Capstone Address featured Spencer Overton, George Washington School of Law Professor and member of the Carter Baker Commission on Election Reform.

Spencer OvertonHon. Eleanor Holmes NortonHon. Tom Davis

Election Reform: Voting Rights for the New Millennium
Friday, September 30, 2005
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

8:30 am -9:00 am
Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 am -9:15 am
Opening Remarks
  • Dean Shelley Broderick, UDC School of Law
  • Matthew Bromeland, Editor-in-Chief, UDC Law Review
9:15 am -10:45 am
Panel 1: Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Debo Adegbile, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Terry M. Ao, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
  • Jon Greenbaum, Lawyers' Committee
  • Tisha Tallman, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF)
  • Dr. Ronald Waters, University of Maryland
  • Moderator: Prof. William Robinson, UDC School of Law
10:55 am -12:20 am
Panel 2: Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
  • Melanie Campbell, Natl' Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  • Jonah Goldman, Lawyers' Committee
  • Michelle Mulder, Counsel for Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ)
  • Moderator: Dipti Pidikiti
10:55 am -12:20 am
Panel 3: Challenging the Mechanisms of Voting
  • Chellie Pinegree, Common Cause
  • Prof. Daniel Tokaji, Ohio State College
  • Prof. Susan Waysdorf, UDC School of Law
12:30 pm -2:00pm
Luncheon Address
  • Introduction: Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA)
  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
2:10 pm -3:40 pm
Panel 4: DC Voting Rights
  • Johnny Barnes, ACLU National Capital Area
  • Prof. Viet D. Dinh, Georgetown Univ. Law Center
  • Rick Dykema, Chief of Staff for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
  • Walter Smith, DC Appleseed
  • Ilir Zherka, DC Vote
  • Moderator: Dean Shelley Broderick, UDC School of Law
2:10 pm -3:40 pm
Panel 5: Federal Election Reform
  • Tanya Clay, People For the American Way
  • Dr. Robert Pastor, Commission on Federal Election Reform
  • Prof. Jamie Raskin, American Univ. Washington College of Law
  • Commissioner Scott Thomas, Federal Election Commission
  • Tova Wang, The Century Foundation
  • Moderator: Prof. Matt Fraidin, UDC School of Law
3:50 pm - 5:00 pm
Panel 6: Voter Disenfranchisement
  • Leslie Fields
  • Edward Hailes, Jr., Advancement Project
  • Robert Richie, Center for Voting & Democracy
  • Heather Dawn Thompson, Native Vote Election Protection Project
5:10 pm - 6:30pm
Reception & Capstone Address
  • Prof. Spencer Overton, George Washington School of Law, member, Carter Baker Commission on Election Reform
Special Screening of Today I Vote for My Joey with filmmaker Aviva Kempner

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