Thursday, April 7th

11:30 am-12:00 pm Registration
12:00 pm-2:30 pm
(break 1:00 pm-1:10 pm )
Panel: The Voting Rights Act: “We the People…”

  • Ilya Shapiro, JD, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute
  • Armand Derfner, JD, Charleston School of Law, Constitutional Law Scholar in Residence and renowned civil rights attorney
  • Carroll Rhodes, JD, attorney, Hazlehurst, Mississippi,
  • Bob Heath, JD, of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado in Austin, Texas
  • Michael Morley, JD, Assistant Professor of Law at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • Moderator: Jennifer Stollman, PhD, Academic Director at the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Friday, April 8th

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration/Coffee/Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:00 am Panel: “Of the United States . . .”

  • Terry Ao Minnis, Director of the Census and Voting Programs for Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
  • Gilda Daniels, JD, Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore Law School; Voting Rights Expert and Former Deputy Chief in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
  • Steven Mulroy, JD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 
  • Moderator: Michèle Alexandre, JD, Professor of Law and Leonard B. Melvin, Jr., Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law
 11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Keynote Address: Elections and the Voting Rights Act in Mississippi
The Honorable Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi Secretary of State
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel: “In Order to Form a More Perfect Union . . .”

  • Tommie Cardin, JD, with Butler Snow LLP, has served as chair of the Mississippi Bar’s Government Law Section and as counsel for the Joint Committee on Reapportionment for Mississippi
  • Tracey Carter, JD, Assistant Professor of Law & Director of Academic Success at Belmont University College of Law
  • Jack Park, JD, Of Counsel at Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP, has been a Deputy Attorney General for Alabama and is assisting the Alabama Attorney General’s Office with the legal work associated with the post-2010 census redistricting process
  • The Honorable James Robertson, JD, Former Justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court and attorney with Wise Carter Child & Caraway, PA
  • Michael Wallace, JD, with Wise Carter Child & Caraway, PA, represented the Mississippi Republican Party in congressional redistricting trials following the 2000 census in state and federal courts
  • Moderator: Jack Wade Nowlin, JD, Senior Associate Dean at the University of Mississippi School of Law and Faculty Advisor to the Mississippi Law Journal
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Ethics Presentation: The Ethics of Judicial Elections
The Honorable Dawn Beam, Justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Closing Remarks
The Honorable Michael P. Mills, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi