MCLE: Courts v. Legislators: Who Prevents Redistricting Abuse?

Thursday, May 3  4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

"Gerrymandering" – drawing legislative districts to favor one party over the other – has been a controversial topic in the courts and the news lately. It can result in a voter's political preference carrying less weight in Congress, even if more total people vote the same way. Does this violate citizens' constitutional equal protection rights and the principle of "one person, one vote"?

Earn 1.5 hours general MCLE credit

Class covers:

  • Does gerrymandering violate constitutional rights?
  • How much power should federal courts have to oversee state legislatures' redistricting decisions?
  • If gerrymandering is unconstitutional, how should courts determine which districts are gerrymandered and which are not?
  • How should legislative districts be drawn if not by state legislatures? How much success have alternative models for redistricting enjoyed?

Presented by:

          Dean Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School (;

          Prof. Derek Muller, Pepperdine University School of Law (;

          Prof. Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (


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