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An End to Gerrymandering? 2020

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The CLE Conference Center
Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Philadelphia PA, 19107
STARTFri., Jul. 17, 2020
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Jul. 17, 2020
3:15 PM
CLE 4 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
PBI Conference Center
5080 Ritter Road, Rossmoyne Exit, Rt. 15, Mechanicsburg PA, 17055
STARTFri., Jul. 17, 2020
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Jul. 17, 2020
3:15 PM
CLE 4 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
PBI Professional Development Center
Heinz 57 Center, 339 Sixth Avenue, 7th Fl., Pittsburgh PA, 15222
STARTFri., Jul. 17, 2020
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Jul. 17, 2020
3:15 PM
CLE 4 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
Subject to distance education credit limit
STARTFri., Jul. 17, 2020
9:00 AM
ENDFri., Jul. 17, 2020
3:15 PM
CLE 4 sub/1 eth PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00

* = Ethics information has been integrated throughout this program. To receive ethics credit, you must attend the entire course.


Gerrymandering or the drawing of electoral districts to favor one party over another party or to favor or disfavor an individual candidate is a common practice in both state and federal electoral district maps.  Gerrymandering leads to minority rule, the polarization of legislatures and members of legislatures choosing their voters instead of voters choosing their elected officials.  The course Is designed for policymakers and lawyers who wish to understand gerrymandering more deeply and participate in gerrymandering litigation or lawmaking. 

Join us as we explore solutions to prevent gerrymandering through traditional redistricting methodologies and new approaches such as neutral drafting commissions, open process, publicly available data, and computer programs which may be used to create fair districts and to detect gerrymandering and overturn gerrymandered maps.

The course will also present the opposing view that gerrymandering is legal under U.S. law and that no methodology for redistricting can ever be truly neutral or allow a judicially enforceable standard.

Program Agenda

9:00 – 9:15
The Problem of Gerrymandering and the Use of Redistricting Design Criteria to Restrain Partisan Gerrymandering

9:15 – 9:45
The Current State of Federal Law on Redistricting

9:45 – 10:15
Judicial and Legislative Solutions to Prevent Gerrymandering

10:15 – 10:30
The Importance of Compact Districts and Compactness Measures

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:00
How Gerrymandering Affects Democracy and the Challenge of Gerrymandering Reform Legislation

11:00 – 11:30
Redistricting Litigation 

11:30 - 12:00
The Governor’s Redistricting Reform Commission

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch Included

12:45 – 1:45
How to Defend Proposed Maps

1:45 – 2:15
Discovery in Redistricting Cases

2:15 – 2:45
The Voting Rights Act and Redistricting

2:45 –3:00
The U.S. Census and Congressional Districts

3:00 – 3:15
Q&A and How to Get Involved

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Practice Areas


Matthew D. Bradford Esq. Rudolph Clarke LLC (Blue Bell)
Benjamin D. Geffen Esq. The Public Interest Law Center
Brian A. Gordon Esq. Gordon & Ashworth PC
Phillip M. Gordon Esq. Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky
Prof. Lee Hachadoorian Temple University
Michele D. Hangley Esq. Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller (Phila)
Anne C. Hanna MS
Robert C. Hess PhD, CFA
Lisa A. Mathewson Esq. The Law Offices of Lisa A. Mathewson LLC
Brian S. Paszamant Esq. Blank Rome LLP (Phila)
David Thornburgh Committee of Seventy
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.