The Missouri Law Review and the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy will co-host the 2019 Symposium on Felon Disenfranchisement on April 12. The event also is supported by the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, the University of Missouri departments of History, Human and Environmental Science, and Political Science, and the University of Missouri Office for Civil Rights and Title IX.
The symposium will include three panels of interdisciplinary scholars discussing the historical origins of felon disenfranchisement and disenfranchisement’s consequences for democracy, the implications of criminal disenfranchisement for voting rights and elections, and the democratic challenges facing states who seek to restore voting rights.
In addition, the symposium will feature a keynote address delivered by Stanford University’s Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director of Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. The symposium dovetails with the Missouri Law School’s one read book, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and is open to the public.