Constitutional Law Expert Anticipates SCOTUS Voting Rights Decision

Article ID: 604645

Released: 21-Jun-2013 11:35 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Maryland, Baltimore

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  • Credit: University of Maryland, Batlimore

    Prof. Mark Graber, MA, PhD, JD, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

In Shelby County vs. Holder, the Supreme Court may decide the future of Voting Rights in the U.S. The case centers on the constitutionality of the preclearance requirements of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A lower court upheld the constitutionality of requiring certain States and localities, located primarily in the South and Southwest, obtain federal preclearance for all voting law changes before they may be implemented. To obtain preclearance, a jurisdiction must demonstrate that the change neither has a discriminatory purpose nor a discriminatory effect.

Professor Graber has held a faculty position in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park since 1993 and has taught at the University of Maryland School of Law as an adjunct professor since the fall of 2002. Additionally, he has been one of the organizers of the Constitutional Law "Schmooze" held at the law school during the past two years. Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, he has a joint appointment at the law school as professor of Government and Law.

Professor Graber is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the country on constitutional law and politics. He is the author of Rethinking Abortion (Princeton University Press) and Transforming Free Speech (University of California Press). His most recent book is Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil (Cambridge University Press). Professor Graber is the author of scores of articles, including "Naked Land Transfers and American Constitutional Development", published in the Vanderbilt Law Review and “Resolving Political Questions into Judicial Questions: Tocqueville’s Aphorism Revisited", published by Constitutional Commentary. He will teach Constitutional Law and a Constitutional History seminar.

MA and PhD, 1986 and 1988, Yale University

JD, 1981, Columbia University Law School

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