About the Political Law Studies Initiative
Briefing of The American Voting Experience
January 22, 2014–The Presidential Commission on Election Administration released its report, The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.
Immediately after meeting with President Obama, the co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration visited GW Law for the first extensive discussion of the report since its release. Co-chairs Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg provided a briefing on the report and the process, including an extensive opportunity for questions from election experts, the press, and other audience members.
Political law—which includes campaign finance, redistricting, voting rights, and election administration—is an evolving and vibrant field. Washington, DC is home to more lawyers who create, interpret, enforce, and practice political law than any other city in the country.
GW’s Political Law Studies Initiative capitalizes on the Law School’s unique location, faculty, courses, alumni, and students to provide an intensive curriculum for studying political law. The initiative also provides a neutral venue for government officials, practitioners, policy advocates, law students, and scholars to discuss ideas, develop the political law field, and create bipartisan professional networks.
The initiative is directed by Professor Spencer Overton.