Justin Levitt

Justin Levitt is an American constitutional law scholar and professor at Loyola Law School. In September 2015, he left Loyola Law School to become the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. He returned to the faculty of Loyola until early 2017.

EducationEdit

Levitt received his BA magna cum laude from Harvard College and his MPA and JD from Harvard University.[1]

CareerEdit

Levitt served as the National Voter Protection Counsel in 2008. He began teaching at Loyola Law School in 2010, where he originally focused on electoral redistricting and administration. While there, he directed the school's Practitioner Moot Program, which allowed new attorneys to practice their arguments. He has also served as a law clerk to Stephen Reinhardt, a judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,[2] as well as on advisory committee for the voting system InkaVote.[3] On September 10, 2015, Loyola Law School announced that Levitt would go on leave from their school to join the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division as their Deputy Assistant Attorney General. He is expected to return to Loyola in early 2017.[1][2] After he had been appointed to this position, he said that the Department of Justice is hampered by the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision, and that this decision is unquestionably "the biggest change since the last presidential election."[4]

Work on election lawEdit

Levitt is an academic researcher on election and constitutional law.[2] In 2014, he reported on Wonkblog that there had only been 31 credible cases of voter impersonation from 2000 to August 2014, out of more than 1 billion ballots cast during this period.[5] He also runs a blog about redistricting.[6] Levitt has also authored work in coordination with the Brennan Center for Justice.[7][8]

Honors and awardsEdit

Levitt received Loyola's Excellence in Teaching Award for 2013-14.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Justin Levitt". Loyola Law School. Retrieved 16 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Justin Levitt Named to U.S. Department of Justice Post Overseeing Voting". Loyola Law School. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Sewell, Abby (22 October 2014). "L.A. County OKs contract to design new touch-screen voting system". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Horwitz, Sari (13 January 2016). "For government's top lawyer on voting rights, presidential election has begun". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Levitt, Justin (6 August 2014). "A comprehensive investigation of voter impersonation finds 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots cast". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (4 August 2015). "Gov. McAuliffe leads Democratic effort to redraw House districts". Washington Post. Retrieved 16 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "The voter-fraud commission relies on some really dodgy studies". The Economist. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  8. ^ "In-Person Voter Fraud Myth, Justin Levitt Before Senate Committee | Brennan Center for Justice". www.brennancenter.org. Retrieved 2017-08-01.