Dec. 9 Nate Persily on "The 2010 Redistricting Cycle and the Internet"

The Yale Information Society Project is delighted to announce a special talk on The 2010 Redistricting Cycle and the Internet, sponsored by the American Constitution Society of Yale Law School and the Yale Law School Information Society Project.  The panel will take place on Thursday, December 9 in Room 128 from 12:10-1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served.

About the Talk:

Columbia Law Professor Nate Persily will speak about the 2010 redistricting cycle. He will discuss the constitutional and statutory requirements for districts. He will also describe his plan to design model congressional districts for every district in the nation and to post these plans online.

About Nate Persily:

Nathaniel Persily is the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science and the Director of the Center for Law and Politics at Columbia Law School. He is a nationally recognized expert on election law and a frequent practitioner and media commentator in the area.

Professor Persily's scholarship focuses on American election law or what is sometimes called the "law of democracy," which addresses issues such as voting rights, political parties, campaign finance, and redistricting. In the last area, his outside activities include service as a court-appointed expert to draw up legislative districting plans for Georgia, Maryland, and New York. He also has served the California State Senate as an expert in its redistricting litigation. Most recently, he wrote and filed two Supreme Court amicus briefs for himself and other political scientists in cases concerning the constitutionality and proper interpretation of the Voting Rights Act.
[Click here to view brief in Bartlett v. Strickland]
[Click here to view brief in NAMUDNO v. Holder]

Prof. Persily has published dozens of articles on the legal regulation of political parties, on issues surrounding the census and redistricting process, on voting rights, and on campaign finance reform. His most notable recent publications concerning votings rights include "Race, Region and Vote Choice in the 2008 Election: Implications for the Future of the Voting Rights Act," 123 Harvard Law Review 1385; "Vote Fraud in the Eye of the Beholder: The Role of Public Opinion in the Challenge to Voter Identification Requirements," 121 Harvard Law Review 1737 (2008); and "The Promise and Pitfalls of the New Voting Rights Act," 117 Yale Law Journal 174 (2007) .

His most recent work, which examines the effects of court decisions on American public opinion, appeared in his coedited book, Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy (Oxford Press, 2008). The first of its kind, the book gathers together and analyzes all available survey data on issues such as desegregation, criminal rights, abortion, gay rights, federalism, school prayer, and the death penalty.

In addition, along with Stephen Ansolabehere, he designed the "Constitutional Attitudes Survey," a national public opinion survey executed in both 2009 and 2010.  The survey (available here) includes an array of questions concerning attitudes toward the Supreme Court, Constitutional Interpretation, and specific constitutional controversies.  (The data broken down by Tea Party Supporters as reported by NPR are available here.)

Professor Persily received a B.A. and M.A. in political science from Yale in 1992. He earned his J.D. from Stanford in 1998, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review, and received his Ph.D. in political science from U.C. Berkeley in 2002. After spending 2001 as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, he joined the University of Pennsylvania law faculty, becoming a full professor in 2005. He joined the Columbia Law faculty in 2007.