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Clarke to Lecture on City-County Consolidation: Costs & Consequences for Detroit Residents, Feb. 11

January 18, 2008

Kristen ClarkeDETROIT (Jan. 18, 2008) –Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce that Kristen Clarke, Co-Director of the Political Participation Group at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., will speak in a lecture titled City-County Consolidation: Costs & Consequences for Detroit Residents on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008.

Clarke’s lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the Wayne State University Law School located at 471 W. Palmer St. in Detroit.

In her current position, Clarke oversees and coordinates the activities of the organization's legal program in the areas of voting rights and election law. Prior to joining LDF, Clarke worked for several years in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where she served as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the Division.

She has provided significant legal advocacy during Congress's 2006 reauthorization of the expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act, as well as provided testimony to Congress regarding election reform issues. She is currently defending the recently renewed Section 5 preclearance provision from a constitutional challenge in a case that remains pending before a three-judge panel in the D.C. District Court.

Clarke writes and comments frequently on issues concerning race, law and democracy. Her book, Seeking Higher Ground: The Hurricane Katrina Crisis Race and Public Policy Reader, was released by Palgrave Macmillan in December 2007. Her writing has appeared in a number of books including the American Bar Association's book on modem American election law and voting rights, America Votes! Her article, Voting Rights & City-County Consolidations, appeared in the Houston Law Review in 2006.

She earned her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in structure #1 across from the Law School, on Palmer Street (corner of Cass) for $3.50. For further information, please contact the Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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