Join us for the first-ever Greater Boston area American Constitution Society symposium, “Democracy in Peril: Voting Rights and Election Law in the 21st Century.”  The event is co-sponsored by all of the ACS chapters at Boston-area law schools and is taking place in Wasserstein 2012 on Saturday, March 31st. The symposium includes a keynote address by one of the leading progressive voting rights and election law lawyers in the nation, Marc Elias, who has served as General Counsel for several recent Democratic presidential campaigns, as well as fascinating panels on voting rights and election law featuring practitioners, government officials, and professors.

Schedule: “Democracy in Peril: Voting Rights and Election Law in the 21st Century”

Panel: Disenfranchisement in the 21st Century: Voter ID/Disparate Impact (11 AM-12:30 PM)
-State Representative Kathleen Clyde (Ohio)
-Alexander Keyssar, Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
-Jerry Vattamala, Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Lunch/Keynote Address (12:30 PM – 2 PM): 
Marc Elias, General Counsel to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign; Sen. Al Franken recount; and many more prominent progressive political leaders and organizations

Panel: The Constitution in 2020: State Law/Direct Democracy (2 PM-3:30 PM)
-Megan Amundson, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts
-Brian Ellner, New Yorkers for Marriage Equality, Human Rights Campaign
-Seth Grossman, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel: The Disproportionate Impact of Insiders: Campaign Finance/Redistricting (3:30 PM-5 PM)
-John Bonifaz, Co-Founder and Director, Free Speech for People
-J. Gerald Hebert, Former Acting Chief, Voting Section, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division; Executive Director, Campaign Legal Center
-Marty Meehan, Former U.S. Representative, Sponsor of Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act

Meet and Greet at the Pub (5 PM – 6 PM)

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