Sessions Information

  • January 4, 2020
    1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
    Session Type: AALS Hot Topic Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
    Room: Thurgood Marshall West
    Floor: Mezzanine Level
    Our constitutional republic struggles to vindicate majority-rule. For example, the Supreme Court ruled this past summer that while gerrymandering can be “incompatible with democratic principles,” it presents a political question. Scholars suggest that the legal definition of our political system encourages efforts to stir up racial and other social divisions. An impeachment inquiry threatens to displace an elected president to restrict the use of foreign policy as a purely political tool of partisan warfare. A variety of issues from mass incarceration and felony disenfranchisement, to voting rights and reproductive rights defy democratic negotiation and simply suffer as collateral damage to partisanship. Each issue subordinates individual rights to power politics. Our partisan divide puts power ahead of the rule of law and transcendent principles give way to partisan advantage. Lawlessness begets lawlessness, and democratic institutions are not immune. To repair our democracy we must recommit to the rule of law.
Session Speakers
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

University of San Francisco School of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Session Fees
  • AALS Hot Topic Program- Democracy Under Siege: Gerrymandering, Racial Politics and Impeachment: $0.00