Election Law Journal publishes Baldy Center Conference Scholarship on Democratic Process Regulation

Published January 16, 2013

This month's Election Law Journal (Volume 11, No. 4) features a series of articles about the hotly-debated topic of decennial redistricting that came out of a conference, titled "Major Developments in Redistricting," which was held the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy in October of 2011. Associate Professor Michael Halberstam is guest-co-editor of the issue, together with the peer-reviewed journal's current editors, Daniel Tokaji and Paul Gronke. The issue includes contributions from the conference, as well as articles contributed directly to the journal.

SUNY Distinguished Professor, James Gardner's article, "How to Do Things with Boundaries: Redistricting and the Construction of Politics," and Halberstam's, "Process Failure and Transparency Reform in Local Redistricting," are among the articles. Gardner has also recently published (with Guy-Uriel Charles) Election Law in the American Political System, a 1008-page casebook in the field.

The publication comes as the Baldy Center prepares for a major conference on the interaction between lobbying and campaign finance practices and regulation. The conference, titled "Under the Influence? Interest Groups, Lobbying, and Campaign Finance," will take place March 8 and 9, 2013, at the University at Buffalo (North Campus).

The conference will address issues such as the influence of outside money on state and local election contests and legislatures; the impact of the Supreme Court's recent First Amendment decisions on state authority to regulate state and local campaign spending and lobbying activity; the incentives provided by the tax code for corporate political spending; and the promise and limits of disclosure.

The event will be open to the public, but directed at a specialized audience of academics and professionals. Both academics and professionals will be among the presenters.

Election Law Journal editor, Tokaji, is co-organizer of the conference with Halberstam. Tokaji is Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law at Ohio State's Moritz College of Law. Scheduled participants include SUNY Buffalo Law School associate professors Matthew Dimick and Stuart Lazar, as well as legal scholars and political scientists from Chapel Hill, Columbia, Fordham, Emory, Notre Dame, and Yale universities.