January 02, 2007

Off to AALS Meeting and Panel on the Roberts Court and the Regulation of Politics

I'm off to DC, and hope to see many of you at the following panel for the AALS Section on Legislation:

January 4
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Section on Legislation
Virginia Suite C, Lobby Level, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

The Roberts Court and the Regulation of Politics

Moderator: Richard L. Hasen, Loyola Law School
Speakers: Richard Briffault, Columbia University School of Law
Kareem U. Crayton, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Heather K. Gerken, Yale Law School
Richard H. Pildes, New York University School of Law

The Supreme Court's intervention in the political process does not appear to be slowing down even after the Court's controversial 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore ending the Florida recount for president. Since that time, the Court decided a major campaign finance case (McConnell v. Federal Election Commission), an important case on the meaning of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (Georgia v. Ashcroft), and a key case on partisan gerrymandering (Vieth v. Jubelirer). The Rehnquist Court was sharply divided in each of these cases, and the direction that the new Roberts Court will take in the election law area remains unclear. This panel will examine the broad question of the Roberts Court and the future judicial regulation of politics through the lens of two cases on the Court's October 2005 docket: the Vermont campaign finance case (Randall v. Sorrell) and the Texas re-redistricting case (Sessions v. Perry). What do these cases tell us about the Court's view of the First Amendment in the context of campaign finance laws, the place of partisanship in redistricting, the proper scope of the Voting Rights Act, and any potential role for the courts in promoting political competition? Will the Court remain sharply divided, and how will its emerging caselaw change the face of American politics?
Business Meeting at Program Conclusion.

Posted by Rick Hasen at January 2, 2007 06:53 AM