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Katz, Ellen D.

Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law

922 Legal Research
Ellen D. Katz, the Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law, writes and teaches about election law, civil rights and remedies, and equal protection. Her scholarship addresses questions of minority representation, political equality, and the role of institutions in crafting and implementing anti-discrimination laws. Professor Katz has published numerous articles, including an influential empirical study of litigation under the Voting Rights Act. Prior to joining the Michigan Law faculty, Professor Katz practiced as an attorney with the appellate sections of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division and its Environment and Natural Resources Division. She was a judicial clerk for Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and for the Hon. Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She earned her JD in 1994 from Yale Law School, where she served as articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale College in 1991 with a BA in history.

Recent Publications

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Compromised: The Pre-Ordained Irrelevancy of the Nineteenth Amendment. Working Paper.

"To Participate and Elect: Litigation Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, 1982-2018." (Forthcoming, 2020).

"Race and Redistricting: The Legal Framework." In Political Geometry, edited by Moon Duchin, Ari Nieh, and Olivia Walch. Forthcoming.

"Section 2 After Section 5: Voting Rights and the Race to the Bottom." Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 59, no. 5 (2018): 1961-91.
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"The Shelby County Problem." In Election Law Stories, edited by J. A. Douglas and E. D. Mazo, 505-40. St. Paul, MN: West Academic Publishing, 2016.


Presented the paper "Bringing Dignity Back to Voting" at Fordham Law School's Faculty Workshop Series, September 2016.

Presented "Bringing Dignity Back to Voting," UCLA Legal Theory Workshop, March 2016.​

Presented keynote address, "MLK Day of Dialogue: Give Us the Ballot," Kenyon College, January 2016.

Panelist, "The History and Future of Election Law," Ohio State Law Journal Symposium, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Novembe​r 2015.

Presented "Bringing Dignity to Voting," Legal Theory Workshop, University of Colorado, Boulder, November 2015.​

Panelist, "The 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the Future of American Democracy," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, August 2015. ​

Presented "Marriage and Voting," Public Law Workshop, Columbia Law School, April 2015. ​

Presented "Marriage and Voting," Legal Theory Workshop, University of Maryland, March 2015. ​

Panelist, "The Law of Democracy at 50," Florida State University, Tallahassee, March 2015. ​

Panelist, "Does Election Law Serve the Electorate," University of Chicago Legal Forum Symposium, November 2014.​