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The Promise of Voter Equality: Examining the Voting Rights Act at 40
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Voting Rights Symposium Prequel Event
Thursday, October 20, 2005
USC Law School Auditorium
4:30 PM

Voting Rights: A Historical Perspective on the African-American Struggle for the Right to Vote

Professor Lawson, author of Black Ballots, will discuss the African-American campaign for full enfranchisement that culminates in the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Peyton McCrary will then discuss the history of the implementation of the Voting Rights Act from 1965 to the present. Professor Burke will conclude the program by specifically addressing the efforts by African-American lawyers and activists in South Carolina to enforce the right to vote.

Voting Rights Act Symposium
Friday, October 21, 2005
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
8:30 AM

8:30 Registration

9:00 Session 1: The Supreme Court's Approach to the Protection of Voting Rights
Professor Rick Hasen, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles)
Professor Grant Hayden, Hofstra University Law School

10:00 Break

10:15 Session 2: Anticipating the 2007 Preclearance Reauthorization Debate
Professor Guy-Uriel Charles, University of Minnesota Law School
Debo Adegbile, NAACP-LDF

11:15 Break

11:30 Session 3: Obstacles to Minority Participation in the Election Process
Professor Daniel Tokaji, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
Professor Terry Smith, Fordham Law School

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Session 4: Race, Redistricting and Representation
Laughlin McDonald, ACLU Voting Rights Project / Southern Regional Office
Professor Kenneth Whitby, USC Political Science Dept./African American Studies Program
Professor Katharine Inglis Butler, University of South Carolina School of Law

3:30 Break

3:45 Session 5: Recent South Carolina Voting Rights Litigation
Panelists will include litigators and judges who have participated in recent South Carolina redistricting litigation: Judge Reginald Lloyd, Judge Joe Anderson, A. Lee Parks, and Robert Hunter, Jr.. I.S. Leevy Johnson will serve as panel moderator.