Program Details

Voting Rights and Wrongs: Are Recent Developments Threatening our Democracy?

Instructor
Roy Klein
FPL12121
Video Catch-up
Available

Course Description

After summarizing the history of voting rights in America, this lecture will examine recent developments affecting U.S. elections. Key issues such as Supreme Court decisions; state gerrymandering; the "stop the steal" campaign; state "voter-integrity laws"; state laws changing the process for counting votes and certifying elections; the use of the filibuster to prevent Congressional action; and Justice Department policy will be explored. Klein will then explain how these developments may affect U.S. elections in the future, beginning with the recent 2022 midterms. As always, Klein will interject humor and storytelling into his presentation.

About the Instructor

  • Roy Klein, J.D., Esq. is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a two-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In nearly forty-five years of legal practice, he has represented large companies, small businesses, and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and employment litigation, as well as serving pro bono in constitutional/civil-rights litigation. As President of the Nassau County (N.Y.) chapter of the ACLU, Klein spoke regularly to high school, college, civic, and community groups on a wide variety of constitutional/civil-liberties issues. He also contributed to a Time Kids publication for middle-schoolers about the Constitution. He's coached a high-school mock-trial team for nearly 20 years. And he's judged numerous high-school, college, and law-school mock-trial and moot-court competitions.