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March 22, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Law School, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

In 1812, cartoonist Elkanah Tisdale altered the political vocabulary of the United States forever when he rendered the voting districts of the state of Massachusetts, then under the leadership of Governor Elbridge Gerry, in the image of the "Gerry-mander," an animal somewhere between a vulture and a salamander.  Gerrymandering has figured heavily in the history of U.S. elections and has recently made headlines again as communities around the nation face questions about the constitutionality of using independent commissions to redraw district lines, the effects of counting prison inmates as constituents in the counties in which the prisons reside, and how partisan gerrymandering disproportionately affects communities of color and voters who have been manipulated into different districts in order to provide an advantage for one political party or the other.

On Friday, March 22, 2019, the Levin Center at Wayne Law, together with The Journal of Law in Society, will host a symposium on gerrymandering and the law with the intention of fostering civil discourse on this matter of rapidly evolving public policy.  Leading scholars from around the U.S. will join experts from Wayne State University to discuss partisan gerrymandering and race-based redistricting in a full-day event.  Michigan's newly elected Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will provide keynote remarks.

For more information about this event, please contact Emily Barr at 313-577-2731 or