Legislatures, Courts and Voting Rights: Developments since the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder Decision

In 1965, Congress enacted the landmark Voting Rights Act. Its purpose was to combat the systematic and deliberate denial of African Americans’ right to vote.  In 2013, in the decision of Shelby County v. Holder, Chief Justice Roberts famously declared “our country has changed” and delivered an opinion on behalf of the Supreme Court that voided significant parts of the Voting Rights Act. Yet complaints respecting the denial of the right to vote continue to be raised in court on the basis of the Voting Rights Act. Such complaints have increased following voting restrictions imposed by states for the claimed purpose of limiting voter fraud. What is the future of the Voting Rights Act, and how effective will it be in ensuring that every American continues to enjoy this most fundamental of rights in our democracy? Our group of illustrious and nationally known speakers will address these issues in this important colloquium. 

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Dean of the Law School, William M. Carter, will provide opening remarks. Speakers include:

  • Bernard Grofman, Jack W. Peltason Endowed Chair, Professor of Law, University of California-Irvine. Race, Law, Politics, and Redistricting: A Tale of Two Interlinked Dilemmas
  • Justin Levitt, Professor of Law and Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Loyola Law School Los Angeles. The VRA and Beyond: The Fight After 50 
  • COMMENTER:  Jessie Allen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • MODERATOR: Dr. John Keeler, Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. Roundtable Discussion: The Future of Voting Rights.

RSVP at law.pitt.edu/events 

Monday, April 10, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260