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Impressive Panelist Lineup Analyzes the Current State of U.S. Election Law

February 22, 2024
Evan Milligan

Evan Milligan gives his keynote address, Special Perspectives of Allen v. Milligan

On February 16, the Alabama Law Review hosted its 2024 symposium, Allen v. Milligan: The Intersectionality of Race, Elections, and Democracy, at The University of Alabama School of Law. This symposium explored the history of the Voting Rights Act—an Act with deep ties to the state of Alabama—and included panels of government officials, litigants, and academics who offered a wide variety of perspectives and deep analysis on the changing landscape of election law.

The keynote speaker, Evan Milligan, executive director of Alabama Forward and named representative plaintiff in Allen v. Milligan, offered a unique perspective on the intersectionality of law and race. He discussed the global impact of having a representative democracy and shared insights on his involvement in Allen v. Milligan.

This symposium was made possible by Lauren Chambliss, Editor-in-Chief of Alabama Law Review; Rachel Dees, Special Works Editor of Alabama Law Review; Professor Jenny Carroll, the Alabama Law Review faculty advisor; Nathan Smart, assistant dean of administration; members of the Alabama Law Review managing board, and dedicated Alabama Law staff.

View the full list of panel and program participants by visiting the Alabama Law Review symposium site.


Kirk Walter, Daniel Tokaji, Justin Levitt, and Emily Rong Zhang

A History of the Voting Rights Act and Gerrymandering paneled by: Kirk Walter (moderator), Associate Director of Public Services, The University of Alabama School of Law; Daniel Tokaji, Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School; Emily Rong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law; and Justin Levitt, Professor of Law and Gerald T. McLaughlin Fellow, Loyola Law School


Chris England, Frederick Spight, and Cynthia Almond

The Role and Perspective of State Legislators and Local Litigants paneled by: Chris England, Alabama House of Representatives Representing District 70 and chair of the Alabama Democratic Party; Frederick Spight (moderator), Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Instruction and Interim Director of Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Clinic, The University of Alabama School of Law; and Cynthia Almond, Alabama House of Representatives Representing District 63 and attorney at Almond Attorneys


Michael T. Morley, Jess Unger, Michael Li, and Joyce Vance

The Future of Elections: A Broader Conversation on the Sanctity of Representative Democracy paneled by: Michael T. Morley, Sheila M. McDevitt Professor, Florida State University College of Law; Jess Unger, Senior Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center; Michael Li, Senior Counsel, Democracy, Brennan Center for Justice; and Joyce Vance (moderator), Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Law, The University of Alabama School of Law 


Daiquiri Steele, Jerome Dees, Jennifer Taylor, and Bryan K. Fair

A Conversation About the Role Race, Gender, and Class Play in Elections paneled by: Daiquiri Steele (moderator), Assistant Professor of Law, The University of Alabama School of Law; Jerome Dees, Policy Director, Southern Poverty Law Center; Jennifer Taylor, Lecturer in Law, Clinical Lecturer in Law, Associate Research Scholar in Law, and Executive Director of the Liman Center, Yale Law School; and Bryan K. Fair (moderator), Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law, The University of Alabama School of Law

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