Students push universities to cancel classes on election day

28 October 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Work or class obligations are among the top barriers to voting faced by students or young people in general, said Campbell Streator, the executive director of EVC National. Student government leaders and national get-out-the-vote organizations want a designated holiday instead and classes replaced with voter engagement efforts.

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Georgetown Law Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection publishes voting rights fact sheet

28 October 2020

WTOP NEWS — The Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, based at the Georgetown University Law School in D.C., has published a state-by-state series of 50 fact sheets regarding what is and isn’t allowed with regard to gathering inside and outside voting sites.

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American Council on Education releases guide for colleges on student voting

24 September 2020

AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION — The COVID-19 pandemic is contextualizing nearly every aspect of life on and off our nation’s campuses. College students are in places they never dreamed they’d be . . . literally.

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Southern Illinois Law hosts voter registration drive

23 September 2020

WPSD LOCAL 6 — SIU School of Law students are coordinating a voter registration drive at two locations in Carbondale, Illinois. The four-day event will begin on Sept. 19 and run through National Voter Registration Day, which is Sept. 22.

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University of Texas Law to launch center for the discussion and scholarship of the First Amendment

9 September 2020

UT NEWS — The School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin is opening the Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center, which will be dedicated to advancing the discussion, education and scholarship of the First Amendment.

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Opinion: Colleges should ensure students have information on voting

1 September 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — While colleges must avoid partisanship, they should do everything they can to ensure that students get all the information they need to participate in the upcoming election, writes Gary Orfield.

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Fordham Law professor Olivier Sylvain co-publishes report on free speech and social media

9 July 2020

FORDHAM LAW NEWS – Professor Olivier Sylvain contributed to a report put out by the Knight Foundation and Gallup that explores how free expression and harmful speech and the challenges each bring in social media and the digital world. Professor Sylvain wrote a piece of the report called “Solve the Underlying Problem: Treat Social Media as….

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George Washington Law faculty condemn US Attorney General’s actions in office

9 July 2020

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW – More than 80% of the faculty at the Washington law school signed a letter condemning Barr’s actions as attorney general and calling for him to resign. But one of the professors who spearheaded the letter said earlier media reports of a faculty effort to strip Barr of his honorary….

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Fordham Law Democracy Clinic releases report on presidential powers and government accountability

18 June 2020

FORDHAM LAW NEWS — A Fordham Law School clinic is recommending a slate of non-partisan reforms to strengthen the United States’ institutions and its democracy. In six policy reports announced today, the Democracy and the Constitution Clinic calls for reforms to check presidential powers, improve ethics and transparency in government, and ensure fair and effective representation.

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University of Virginia Law professor Michael Gilbert publishes study on the impact of voter identification laws

18 May 2020

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW — Professor Michael Gilbert and other academics studied voter lines in 2016 in 28 election jurisdictions across the United States. The study, titled “Waiting to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election: Evidence from a Multi-county Study,” is believed to be the largest review of its kind.

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