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RSVP to attend the Ballots and Democracy: A New Scholarly Agenda event presented by the Seton Hall Law Legislative Law Journal

Ballots and Democracy: A New Scholarly Agenda

Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Vol. 47, Symposium


WHEN
Friday, February 24, 2023 ¦ 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST.

WHERE
The Larson Auditorium | Register now.

CLE CREDIT AVAILABLE
7 NJ CLE credits (general) and 5.5 PA CLE credits (substantive)

DESCRIPTION
This Symposium will focus on the relationship between election law and democracy. The Symposium will consider more deeply ballot design, ballot bracketing systems, the “Australian ballot,” controversies with the ballot, the history of ballots in the United States, the empirical effects of ballot design, litigation strategies to improve the ballot, and ways in which society and voters can become educated on ballot issues. Ballot design has a significant impact on people’s votes and this Symposium seeks to expose the public to those problems, particularly as they affect New Jersey. The Symposium is intended to bring together law students, law faculty, attorneys, scholars, and judges from around the country to discuss the future of election law and ballot design. All attorneys will receive CLE credit. Structurally, the Symposium will have four panels each approximately 75-80 minutes. Election law experts from across the country will sit on each panel as moderators from Seton Hall Law guide the conversation. Except for parking, admission to the Symposium is free, and there will be a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception following the event.


Agenda Friday, February 24, 2023

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

 

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Opening Remarks

Zachary Cimring

Zachary Cimring
Symposium Editor, Seton Hall Legislative Journal

 

Eve Litvak

Eve Litvak
Editor-in-Chief, Seton Hall Legislative Journal

 

9:15 - 9:20

Introduction of Symposium and panels

Eugene Mazo

Eugene Mazo
Assistant Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

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9:20 - 10:45

Panel 1: Ballots and Democracy: A (New) Scholarly Agenda from a National Perspective

This panel will examine how ballot design influences electoral outcomes. The panelists will discuss the history of ballot design in the United States and the controversies that have been caused by ballot design in American politics. This panel will assess the existing scholarship on ballot design, as well as the influence that ballot design has on voters in our democracy.

Eugene Mazo

Moderator: Eugene Mazo
Assistant Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

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Derek Muller

Derek T. Muller
Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law

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Mark Alexander

Mark C. Alexander
Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

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Richard Winger

Richard Lee Winger
Editor for Ballot Access News

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Whitney Quesenbery

Whitney Quesenbery
Executive Director, Center for Civic Design

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10:45 - 11:00

 

Break

11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Panel 2: The History and the Empirical Effects of the County Line

This panel will focus more specifically on New Jersey’s unique “county line” ballots, their history, and their empirical effects. Scholars will discuss the history of the county line, the laws that make it work, and how it impacts elections in New Jersey.

Donna Kelly

Moderator: Donna Kelly
Adjunct Professor of Election Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

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Brett Pugach

Brett Pugach
Counsel, Weissman & Mintz, LLC.

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Flavio Komuves

Flavio Komuves
Member, Weissman & Mintz LLC

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Sam Wang

Sam Wang
Professor of Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, Princeton University

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Julia Sass Rubin 

Julia Sass Rubin
Associate Professor, Rutgers University

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12:30 - 1:15

 

Lunch

1:15 - 2:45

Panel 3: Litigation Strategies

This panel will examine the ongoing challenges to New Jersey’s “county line” ballot system, assessing whether that system is constitutional. The panelists will discuss the legal theories that have been advanced to challenge the ballot bracketing system in New Jersey and how these challenges have historically played out in the courts. 

William E. Baroni Jr.

Moderator: William E. Baroni Jr.
Adjunct Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

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Yael Bromberg

Yael Bromberg
Principal, Bromberg Law LLC

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Eugene Mazo

Eugene Mazo
Assistant Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

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Ryan P. Haygood

Ryan P. Haygood
President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

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Angelo J. Genova

Angelo J. Genova
Co-Founder and Chairman, Genova Burns LLC

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2:45 - 3:00

 

Break

3:00 – 4:30 

Panel 4: Society’s Efforts to Educate Voters – Ballots and the Public

This panel will explore the efforts that activists and civil society groups are undertaking to educate New Jersey’s citizens about the impact that the state’s ballot design has on their vote. The discussion will focus on media strategies and other approaches that are being taken to reform New Jersey’s ballots.

Solangel Maldonado

Moderator: Solangel Maldonado
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

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Renee Steinhagen

Renée Steinhagen
Executive Director, New Jersey Appleseed (NJA)

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Liza Weisberg

Liza Weisberg
Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

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Kevin P. Hancock

Kevin P. Hancock
Director of Strategic Litigation, Campaign Legal Center (CLC)

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Ronald K. Chen

Ronald K. Chen
University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Leonard I. Garth Scholar, Rutgers Law School /em>
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4:30 – 4:40

 

Closing Remarks

Zachary Cimring

Zachary Cimring
Symposium Editor, Seton Hall Legislative Journal

 

Eve Litvak

Eve Litvak
Editor-in-Chief, Seton Hall Legislative Journal

 

4:45

 

Reception. Cocktails and light food to be provided.


CONTACT
If you have any questions or need to make changes to your registration, please contact Kaitlyn Casa at 973-642-8587 or [email protected].


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