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News Posted on August 24, 2017

Professor Elmendorf Submits Supreme Court Brief in Gerrymandering Case

Professor Christopher S. Elmendorf wrote and submitted an amicus brief on behalf of political scientist Eric McGhee in Gill v. Whitford, a partisan gerrymandering case that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this October.

The brief, filed in support of neither party, explains the measure of partisan bias developed by McGhee and relied upon by the lower court in finding that Wisconsin’s map of state legislative districts was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. The district court’s ruling was the first in 30 years to strike down a map of legislative districts as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

Christopher S. Elmendorf is a Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law whose teaching and research interests include election law, administrative law, statutory interpretation, constitutional law, and property and natural resources law.