Common Cause to host third annual anti-gerrymandering conference

More than 100 thought leaders, policy makers, activists and attorneys who want to end partisan gerrymandering will gather in North Carolina Jan. 25-26 for the annual Reason, Reform & Redistricting Conference cohosted by Duke University’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service and Sanford School of Public Policy, in collaboration with Common Cause.  

The two-day conference will feature more than a dozen presentations and panel discussions led by national and local leaders in redistricting on topics ranging from a “state of the nation” on gerrymandering, an overview of upcoming Supreme Court litigation, a discussion of the 2020 Census, lessons learned from state-based activism and how to build a case against partisan gerrymandering. 

Speakers include: Emmet Bondurant, the lead attorney in Rucho v. Common Cause; Michael Kimberly, the lead attorney in Lamone v. Benisek; Justin Levitt of Loyola Law School; Sam Wang of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project; Curtis Hubbard of Fair Maps Colorado; Katie Fahey of Voters Not Politicians; Vince Barabba, the former head of the U.S. Census Bureau and current member of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission; Kareem Crayton of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice; Celina Stewart of League of Women Voters; Arturo Vargas of NALEO; and Kathay Feng, director of redistricting at Common Cause and architect of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.  

WHO: Duke University’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS), the Sanford School of Public Policy, and Common Cause 

WHAT: Reason, Reform & Redistricting Conference 

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26, 2019 

WHERE: Duke University, Penn Pavilion, 107 Union Drive, Durham  

WHY: This is an opportunity to hear directly from the legal teams who will argue against partisan gerrymandering at the U.S. Supreme Court and the activists and academics who are paving the way for fair maps.  

AGENDA: Details here 

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Contact for media registration link.

TWITTER: Follow us @CommonCause, #fairmaps #endgerrymandering #SCOTUS  

PREVIEW: Watch a Facebook video featuring Kathay Feng and Justin Levitt on the North Carolina and Maryland gerrymandering cases going to the Supreme Court.