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Friday November 4th, 2011

Baker v. Carr After 50 Years: Appraising the Reapportionment Revolution – Introduction and Main Speaker: Reapportionment and the Right to Vote: Baker’s Legacy


Associate Dean Raymond Ku, Professor and Co-Director, Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Jonathan Entin, Professor of Law and Political Science, Case Western Reserve University School of Law


Samuel Issacharoff, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law

Friday November 4, 2011, 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Law Review Symposium at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Baker v. Carr, the ruling that established the one-person/one-vote principle and led to profound changes in the way legislative districts are drawn at every level of government. U.S. federal courts are regularly embroiled in resolving districting and apportionment disputes, which have profound implications for the distribution of political power and influence throughout the nation as well as for the way public policies are made at the national, state, and local levels. Legal scholars and social scientists will address the many questions that have arisen from Baker v. Carr, including principles of districting, the nature of representation, voting rights, and the capacity of courts to resolve districting and apportionment disputes.

Additional Information About Our Guest…

Raymond Ku is a nationally known expert in the fields of copyright law and Internet Law. Prior to joining our faculty, he was an associate professor and director of the Institute of Law, Science and Technology at Seton Hall University School of Law. Before that he was an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where he established and directed the Center for Law, Technology and Communications. Professor Ku was also a visiting associate professor at Cornell Law School during the 2002–03 academic year.

He is the lead author of the first casebook devoted exclusively to the study of cyberspace law, Cyberspace Law: Cases & Materials (Aspen 2002). He has published articles in numerous law reviews and journals, including the University of Chicago Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and the Stanford and Berkeley Technology Law Journals. Before entering academia, Professor Ku clerked for Timothy K. Lewis, justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh. He also has been an associate with the law firms Levine Pierson Sullivan & Koch L.L.P. and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher L.L.P., both in Washington, D.C. Professor Ku holds a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was a Leonard Boudin First Amendment Fellow in the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program, and an A.B. with honors in political science from Brown University. He is a member of the New York State Bar, the Washington, D.C. Bar and the Copyright Society of the American Bar Association.

Jonathan L. Entin is Professor of Law and Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. He also has served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs. The recipient of several teaching awards and a former co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education, Professor Entin has written and lectured widely about First Amendment and other constitutional issues. He has been a Judicial Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center and a visiting professor at the University of Nebraska. Before joining the faculty in 1984, Professor Entin clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and practiced in Washington with Steptoe & Johnson. He received his A.B. from Brown University and his J.D. from Northwestern University.

Samuel Issacharoff is the Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. His research deals with issues in civil procedure (especially complex litigation and class actions), law and economics, constitutional law, particularly with regard to voting rights and electoral systems, and employment law. He is one of the pioneers in the law of the political process and one of the co-authors of the seminal Law of Democracy casebook. His work on procedure includes serving as the Reporter for the Project on Aggregate Litigation of the American Law Institute.

Professor Issacharoff is a 1983 graduate of the Yale Law School. After clerking, he spent the early part of his career as a voting rights lawyer. He then began his teaching career at the University of Texas in 1989, where he held the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law. In 1999, he moved to Columbia Law School, where he was the Harold R. Medina Professor of Procedural Jurisprudence, before joining the New York University faculty in 2005. He is the author of more than 100 books, articles and other academic works. Professor Issacharoff is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.