- Damon Root, Senior Editor, Reason magazine and Reason.com
- Derek Muller, Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law
In a recent article, constitutional lawyer Charles Cooper argued that federal courts have erred by too narrowly construing their statutory grants of diversity jurisdiction. Mr. Cooper urges the courts to recognize much broader federal jurisdiction based on diversity of citizenship as a matter of both statutory and constitutional interpretation. Judge Diane Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in a 2009 address transcribed and published in the Temple Law Review, has also weighed in.. Still others have called on Congress to consider legislation that would expand federal courts' diversity jurisdiction to include all cases in which any two parties come from different states. Our panel will discuss whether (and if so, how) federal court jurisdiction should be expanded. Register now!
On November 12, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, which was consolidated with Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama.
These cases ask whether Alabama's legislative redistricting plans classify black voters by race, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, by intentionally packing them into districts designed to maintain supermajority percentages produced when 2010 census data are applied to the 2001 majority-black districts.
To discuss the case, we have Mark Braden, who is Of Counsel at Baker & Hostetler.