Election Law & Litigation: Strict Construction or Serious Confusion?
November 17, 2020
Benjamin Cover and Jason Dominguez, University of Idaho College of Law
Rebecca Green, William & Mary Law School
Thursday, November 19, 2020
12:30-1:30 p.m. PST
Even before the polls closed Nov. 3, President Donald Trump’s campaign filed lawsuits challenging the acceptance of absentee and early votes, as well as asking that vote counting be stopped. Now, Attorney General William Barr has allowed U.S. attorneys to “pursue substantial allegations” of voter fraud before the results of the 2020 presidential election are certified. This panel of legal experts will examine election law in pivotal states and assess the merits of ongoing challenges to the voting process and results.
Benjamin Plener Cover is an associate professor at the University of Idaho College of Law. He has written about the Petition Clause and partisan gerrymandering, and his work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review and the University of California-Davis Law Review. He has served as a peer reviewer for Election Law Journal and currently serves on the executive committee of the Election Law section of the American Association of Law Schools.
Jason Dominguez is a temporary faculty member in the U of I’s College of Law. Dominguez has served as an assistant professor of law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law and as an adjunct law professor at Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. He has taught International Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Appellate Advocacy. He has more than 20 years of practice experience, including as a Tribal Appellate Judge, as the executive director of a legal aid foundation, as a prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (United Nations), as deputy county counsel, as a deputy city attorney, as a deputy district attorney, and as a member of the Santa Barbara City Council.
Rebecca Green is professor of the practice of law at the William & Mary Law School and co-Director of the Election Law Program, a joint project of the Law School and the National Center for State Courts. Prof. Green's research interests focus on the intersection of privacy law and elections, most recently on the topic of election transparency. She is the faculty advisor to the student-run State of Elections blog.