Instructor Biographies

Redistricting Litigation: What Every Judge Should Know

Jessica Amunson is an associate at Washington D.C. based firm Jenner & Block where she is a member of the Election Law and Redistricting Practices. She has briefed matters before the U.S. Supreme Court involving partisan gerrymandering, voter identification requirements and National Voter Registration Act.

J. Gerald Hebert is Executive Director and Director of Litigation at the Campaign Legal Center. Over the last three decades, he has served as legal counsel for parties and amici curiae in numerous redistricting lawsuits, including several cases decided in the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Hebert is a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he taught courses on voting rights, election law, and campaign finance regulation.

Trevor Potter is a member in Caplin & Drysdale’s Washington, D.C. office, where he leads the firm’s Political Activity Law Practice. He is one of the country’s best-known and most experienced campaign and election lawyers, and a former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. Mr. Potter served as John McCain’s General Counsel for his 2000 and 2008 campaigns, and is founding President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center.

John Hardin Young is counsel to the Washington, DC law firm of Sandler, Reiff & Young. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading electoral recount and dispute resolution lawyers. Mr. Young is an Adjunct Professor at William & Mary Law, and member of the Advisory Committee to the William & Mary Election Law Program.

A View from the Trenches

Robert Bauer is currently White House Counsel. Formerly, Mr. Bauer was a partner at Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C. where he was the chair of the firm’s political law group. Mr. Bauer was general counsel to Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He is the author of several books and articles on election law and ran a popular blog that focuses on campaign finance and other election law issues

Benjamin Ginsberg is currently a partner at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C. and represents political parties, campaigns, candidates, and other entities involved in the political process. He is currently representing Senator Norm Coleman and his campaign in the ongoing Minnesota recount. Mr. Ginsberg has served as counsel to both the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns, playing a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. He has also represented the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Republican Governors Association.

Election Law Controversies: The Basics of Election LitigationProfessor Richard L. Hasen

Richard L. Hasen is the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.  He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D., M.A. and Ph.D. (Political Science) from the University of California at Los Angeles.  After law school, Hasen clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then worked as a civil appellate lawyer. From 1994-1997, Hasen taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He joined Loyola's faculty in 1997 as a visiting professor and became a member of the full-time faculty in fall 1998. In 2005, he was named the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law. Hasen is a nationally-recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, is co-author of a leading casebook on election law and co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is the author of more than three dozen articles on election law issues. In 2002, Hasen was named one of the 20 top lawyers in California under age 40 by the Los Angeles (and San Francisco) Daily Journal and one of the top 100 lawyers in California in 2005. Hasen also writes the widely read "Election law blog." His opeds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Slate. His election law book, “The Supreme Court and Election Law: Judging Equality from Baker v. Carr to Bush v. Gore,” was published by NYU Press in 2003.

Professor Aviel D. Rubin

Dr. Aviel D. Rubin is Professor of Computer Science and Technical Director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Rubin directs the NSF-funded ACCURATE center for correct, usable, reliable, auditable and transparent elections. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Rubin was a research scientist at AT&T Labs. He is also a co-founder of Independent Security Evaluators, a security consulting firm. Rubin has testified before the U.S. House and Senate on multiple occasions, and he is author of several books including Brave New Ballot (Random House, 2006) Firewalls and Internet Security, second edition (with Bill Cheswick and Steve Bellovin, Addison Wesley, 2003), White-Hat Security Arsenal (Addison Wesley, 2001), and Web Security Sourcebook (with Dan Geer and Marcus Ranum, John Wiley & Sons, 1997). He is Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, Associate Editor of IEEE Security & Privacy, and an Advisory Board member of Springer's Information Security and Cryptography Book Series. In January, 2004 Baltimore Magazine named Rubin a Baltimorean of the Year for his work in safeguarding the integrity of our election process, and he is also the recipient of the 2004 Electronic Frontiers Foundation Pioneer Award. Rubin has a B.S, ('89), M.S.E ('91), and Ph.D. ('94) from the University of Michigan.

Professor Edward B. Foley

Edward B. Foley, Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law at Moritz, is the Director of Election Law @ Moritz. One of the nation’s preeminent experts on election law, Professor Foley teaches and writes in all areas of this field, including campaign finance regulation. His current work focuses on the less-developed law of voting administration: provisional voting, registration rules and procedures, HAVA, recounts and judicially disputed elections. He has written a major article on “The Future of Bush v. Gore? (PDF 493kb) ,” (68 Ohio St. L. J. 925) as well as follow-up, “Refining the Bush v. Gore Taxonomy (PDF 80kb)” (68 Ohio St. L. J. 1035), both part of symposium sponsored by EL@M and the Ohio State Law Journal.  His examination of the future significance of that famous precedent has led him to complete for the Election Law Journal an analysis of the Indiana voter identification case in the Supreme Court.  His earlier article, The Analysis and Mitigation of Election Errors: Theory, Practice, Policy (PDF 180kb) (18 Stan. Law & Policy Review 350) sets the stage for a long-term study of post-voting disputes.  His commentary on election law can be found at Free & Fair.

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