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Drawing the Line: The Politics Behind Race and Representation
Last Featured: 9/18/2000

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Following the 2000 census, state legislators across the country will be drawing new lines for congressional districts. How can redistricting plans increase minority voices and voting without accusations of gerrymandering and illegal reverse discrimination? Join us as we debate how to ensure the right to vote for all Americans.

Michael A. Carvin is a founding member of the Washington D.C. law firm of Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal, where he specializes in constitutional law and civil rights cases. Most recently, Mr. Carvin successfully argued before the Supreme Court, Reno v. Bossier Parish School District, a redistricting case which reduced the Justice Department's authority to require the creation of "majority-minority" voting districts. Mr. Carvin has also litigated a Supreme Court challenge to the government's use of statistical sampling to conduct the census, cases opposing the civil rights of gays and lesbians and racial and gender preferences. A graduate of the George Washington University School of Law Center in 1982, Carvin previously served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and in the Office of Legal Counsel, and directed the American Legal Foundation, a public interest firm specializing in communications law.

Todd A. Cox is an attorney with the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he litigates voting rights and school desegregation cases and conducts legislative advocacy and public education in several areas, including the census, voting right, political participation, and affirmative action. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Cox is the Co-Chair of the Voting Rights Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Before coming to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, Mr. Cox was a staff attorney with the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a trial attorney with the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Closing Quote
"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men."

— President Lyndon Johnson

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