Partisan Gerrymandering and the Efficiency Gap: The New Redistricting Frontier

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107
Mar 21
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 107

Lunch with Prof. Nick Stephanopoulos, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. In 2015, Prof. Stephanopoulos published an influential law review article that articulated a new metric for measuring the impact of gerrymandering based on partisan affiliation: the efficiency gap. This metric is at the heart of a challenge to Wisconsin's electoral district map, Whitford v. Gill, which is likely to be heard by the Supreme Court in the near future and which Prof. Stephanopoulos is also engaged in. In striking down Wisconsin's map, the federal district court relied heavily on the efficiency gap. Prof. Stephanopoulos will speak about the history of gerrymandering and legal challenges to it under the VRA; the differences between racial and partisan gerrymandering; the development of the efficiency gap; and the future of Whitford and further gerrymandering litigation.

Contact Info: 
Zachary Piaker, zjp2107@columbia.edu

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