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Barriers at the Ballot Box: Protecting or Limiting the Core of the American Identity?

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019

Registration and Breakfast for all registered attendees begins at 8:00 AM and the program begins at 9:00 AM


Due to an overwhelming interest in this year's Symposium, we have reached capacity. We will have an overflow room available for walk-in attendees and we can still guarantee CLE credit, but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee food or registration materials. For any questions, please contact Symposium Editor, Sean O'Brien, at

Approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.25 hours of General CLE credit.

To view the day's Symposium agenda, please click here. 

Volume 49 of The University of Memphis Law Review invites you to attend its annual symposium, "Barriers at the Ballot Box: Protecting or Limiting the Core of the American Identity?" The symposium seeks to analyze whether structural and procedural barriers are modern-day attempts at disenfranchisement or needed protections on the fundamental right to vote. A diverse and dynamic roster of speakers will examine both structural and procedural barriers facing voters. Presentations include:

  • Voter Identification Law Panel, Hans von Spakovsky, Eugene Mazo, and Tracey Carter
  • Voter Registration List Maintenance, Naila Awan
  • Gerrymandering in Today's Court, Danielle Lang
  • Political Fairness in Redistricting: What Wisconsin's Experience Teaches, The Honorable Lynn Adelman
  • The Importance of Involvement at the Local Level, Audrey Calkins
  • Ranked Choice Voting, Instant Runoff Voting, and Proportional Representation, Steve Mulroy
  • Felon Disenfranchisement, Nora Demleitner
  • Technology and Campaign Finance Reform, Ann Ravel
  • Counting the Vote: Public Corruption and Electronic Voting Irregularities, Chris Bryant and Kimberly Breedon
  • Do We Take the Threat to Democracy Seriously, Bruce Ledewitz

The Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education has approved the event for 6.25 hours of General CLE credit. If you are seeking CLE credit for a state other than Tennessee, please contact Symposium Editor, Sean O'Brien at Thanks to the generosity of the University of Memphis Student Event Allocation Committee; Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox; FordHarrison; Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws; Lewis Thomason; and other benefactors, there is no cost to attend or to obtain Continuing Legal Education credit. Courtesy of your registration is required by clicking above. The University of Memphis Law Review will provide complimentary breakfast, lunch, and refreshments to registered attendees. For more information, please contact Symposium Editor Sean O'Brien directly at

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The University of Memphis Law Review hosts its annual symposium every spring at the Law School. For more information about the most recent past topics and speakers, please visit the links below.

2018: The American Addiction: Pathways to Address the Opioid Crisis

2017 - The Fragile Fortress: Judicial Independence in the 21st Century

2016 - Urban Revitalization: The Legal Implications of Remaking a City

2015 - In re Valor: Policy and Action in Veterans Legal Aid

2014 - Juvenile Courts in Transition

2013 - Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking 

2012 - Cultural Competency and the Death Penalty