Government Law Review 2023 Spring Symposium explores “Remapping Democracy: Redistricting, Race, and Fair Elections in a Changing Legal Environment"

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The Albany Law School Government Law Review will explore, “Remapping Democracy: Redistricting, Race, and Fair Elections in a Changing Legal Environment,” during its spring symposium in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom on March 6 starting at 5 p.m.

Registration is required with virtual attendance available.

In-person attendees must adhere to the Albany Law School’s COVID-19 policies.

The symposium will feature a discussion between Carnegie Mellon Institute for Politics and Strategy Postdoctoral Fellow Jonathan Cervas and facilitator Albany Law School Associate Professor of Law Ava Ayers.

Cervas and Ayers will discuss redistricting and the role it plays in fair elections in a rapidly changing landscape. Plus, they will examine the recent New York redistricting process, outcomes, and the role it plays in the national context.

Cervas specializes in American political institutions and inequalities in voting. He joined the Institute for Politics and Strategy in 2020 after receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. His research, including his 2020 doctoral dissertation, “A Quantitative Assessment of the Electoral College, 1790-2020,” focuses on inequalities in American political institutions and how they produce disparities between voters. He has also assisted federal courts in redistricting cases relating to minority voting rights. He served as a redistricting consultant to the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission in 2021. In 2022, he was appointed by the New York State Supreme Court as Special Master to redraw the State Senate and Congressional districts.

Albany Law’s Government Law Center is helping present the talk which will be followed by a reception.

The Government Law Review is one of Albany Law’s three student-edited law journals. It publishes articles on a variety of issues relating to legal aspects of government and public policy. Its strong connection to the Government Law Center and location in the state capital provides the unique opportunity to publish critical and analytical articles written by leading scholars and academics on significant government topics. In addition to serving as an academic forum for legal scholarship, the Government Law Review is designed to be an effective research tool for practicing lawyers and students.

Learn more about the Government Law Review at albanygovernmentlawreview.org.