On October 16, 2008, the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class hosted its Fall symposium entitled "A Powerful Electorate?: The Impact of Election Law on American Democracy." The event focused on how American laws have provided for or failed to adequately address the rights of American citizens to participate in the political process. Special attention was given to recent Supreme Court decisions pertaining to voting rights, Crawford v. Marion County School Board and Riley v. Kennedy. The symposium also featured a discussion on the potential for legal reform of election laws in Maryland and the United States.

Schedule

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2008
Thursday, October 16th
9:30 AM

Introduction

Katie Burgess

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

9:45 AM

Discussion: The Tax Exempt Status of Religious Organizations: How Political is Too Political?

Keith Blair, University of Baltimore Law School
Gregory David Lee, Widener University School of Law
Mark A. Graber, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

The Predicted Impact of the Obama Candidacy on the Voting Rights Act

Jani Nelson, St. John's University School of Law

10:45 AM - 11:20 AM

11:25 AM

Gender and Constitutional Design

Paula A. Monopoli, University of Maryland Franics King Carey School of Law

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

12:00 PM

Keynote Address

Kristen Clarke, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Panel Discussion: Identifying the Problems of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board

Jocelyn Benson, Wayne State University School of Law
Jonah Goldman, Georgetown University School of Law
Nathaniel Persily, Columbia University School of Law
Michael Pitts, Indiana University School of Law
Richard C. Boldt, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM

Panel Discussion: Strategies for Legal Reform of Election Law

David Becker, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Jon Cardin, Maryland House of Delegates
Sherrilyn Ifill, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Samuel I. Rosenberg, Maryland House of Delegates
Kathleen Dachille, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Karen H. Rothenberg, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM