Race and the Law Conversation on Voting Rights and Election Law on October 21

Join us for our Race and the Law Conversation on Wednesday, October 21 with Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan.  NIU Law Professor Jeffrey Omari will moderate.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. CST
Virtual Event on Zoom

Registration has ended.

About this Event
The NIU College of Law Race and the Law Conversations will provide a platform with expert panelists who will engage in much needed conversations on a wide range of racial and social justice issues including, but limited to, racial inequality, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Our inaugural Conversation on police accountability and reform was presented by Professor Sharon Fairley, ACLU Policing Policy Advisor Paige Fernandez, and NIU Law Professor Paul Cain moderated the discussion.  Our next conversation will discuss structural racism in U.S. elections.


Pamela S. Karlan
Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest
Stanford Law School
Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

A productive scholar and an award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is co-director of the school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (where she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the department’s highest award for employee performance – as part of the team responsible for implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor). Professor Karlan is the co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as numerous scholarly articles.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, she was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and the American Law Institute.

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