Jocelyn F. Benson
Office: Room 3223
Telephone: (313) 577-3933
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J.D., Harvard Law School
M.Phil., Oxford University
B.A., Wellesley College
Jocelyn Benson was named interim dean of the Law School in December 2012.
"State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process," Ashgate Publishers (2010).
Law Review Articles
The Election Assistance Commission: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (work in progress)
How Serpentine Districts Became Law: Michigan Redistricting in 2011, Wayne Journal Law In Society (2011)
A Shared Existence: The Current Compatibility of the Equal Protection Clause and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 88 Nebraska Law Journal 124 (2009)
Voter Fraud or Voter Defrauded? Highlighting Courtsí Inconsistent Approach to Election Fraud, 44 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1 One Person, One Vote: Protecting the Franchise Through the Effective Administration of Election;Procedures 40 The Urban Lawyer 305 (2008) (lead article)
One Person, One Vote: Protecting the Franchise Through the Effective Administration of Election Procedures, 40 The Urban Lawyer 305 (2008) (invited submission)
Towards Full Participation: Solutions for Improvements to the Federal Language Assistance Laws, Advance, The Official Law Journal of the American Constitution Society (May 2008)
Democracy and the Secretary: The Crucial Role of State Election Administrators in Promoting Accuracy and Access to Democracy, Saint Louis University Public Law Review (2008) (invited submission
Election Fraud and the Initiative Process: A Study of the 2006 Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, 34 Fordham Urban Law Journal 887(2007) (invited submission).
Su Voto Es Su Voz! Incorporating Limited English Proficient Voters into American Democracy, 48 Boston College Law Review (2007)
Preparing for 2007: Legal and Legislative Issues Surrounding the Reauthorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 67 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 125 (2005).
Note: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Making Georgia v. Ashcroft the Mobile v. Bolden of 2007, 39 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 485 (2004)
Expanding the Language Protections of the Voting Rights Act to Additional Communities in James Tucker, "The Battle Over Bilingual Ballots," Ashgate Publications (2009).
Section 203: Language Minority Assistance Provisions of the Voting Rights Act Amendments of 2006 in "America Votes!" American Bar Association (2008)
Developing Uniform Standards for Partisan Involvement in Election Administration in "America Votes!" Ben Griffith, Ed. (2008)
Representative Equality: Constituencies & Districting International Election Principles, "The Rule Of Law In Democratic Elections," American Bar Association, Jack Young, Ed. (2008)
Voting Rights in "Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution," (David Schultz, ed.)NY: Facts on File, Inc, 2008
Language Protections for All? Extending and Expanding the Language Protections of the Voting Rights Act in "Democracy, Participation and Power: Perspectives on Reauthorization of the Voting Rightrs Act," Berkeley Public Policy Press (2006).
- April 8, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was named as recipient of the NAACP's Great Expectations Award for 2013.
- January 22, 2013
Jocelyn Benson was a speaker Jan. 20 during an inaguration brunch hosted by Emily's List in Washington, D. C. Benson, who is interim dean of the Law School and was a candidate for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010, was joined by other speakers at the event including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Benson founded and is president of Military Spouses of Michigan. The group, by invitation, walked in the inaguration parade on Jan. 21.
- March 6, 2012
Jocelyn Benson was a panelist at Congressman John Conyers' Democratic Judiciary forum concerning the legal implications of the Emergency Manager Law, held on Feb. 21 at Soul Harvest Ministries in Highland Park, Mich.
- April 25, 2011
Jocelyn Benson is the creator and director of the Michigan Citizens' Redistricting Competition. The competition will provide any Michigan citizen with the tools to produce potential district maps for Michigan's 14 Congressional Seats, or Michigan's state senate or legislative seats. The maps will be then scored based upon objective criteria, such as how well they keep county and city residents in one district or how close each district comes to having the same number of people.
- March 17, 2011
Jocelyn Benson will address "Redistricting in Michigan: Who Should Draw the Lines?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Putney Auditorium of the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.
- May 4, 2009
Jocelyn Benson delivered the morning keynote address at the Michigan League of Women Voters conference on Voting and Election Law. (Click here for part II of keynote address.)
- April 20, 2009
Jocelyn Benson will serve as the guest speaker at the Ann Arbor Community Center's 2nd annual Dinner and Dance on April 24, 2009. This gala will be held at the AACC, with the theme "Changing Lives and Transforming Communities since 1923." Hundreds of youth, from low to moderate income families have benefited from the Summer Day Camp and much of the proceeds will go toward this effort. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Ann Arbor Community Center, (734) 662-3128.
- April 16, 2009
Jocelyn Benson will be a featured speaker at the Promoting Michigan Voter Power conference at Henry Ford Community College on April 24, 2009. The conference is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Michigan (LWVMI) and HFCC. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about election-related issues and discuss ways to make voting easier and reduce the influence of special interests in elections.
- October 15, 2008
Jocelyn Benson testified Joint oversight hearing on "Federal, State, and Local efforts to Prepare for the General 2008 Election" at the request of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties and the House Administration's Committee Subcommittee on Elections on Sept.. 24 in Washington, D.C.
- September 5, 2008
Jocelyn Benson served as a featured panelist at the Detroit Emerging Leaders Forum on July 31, 2008, speaking on Election Administration issues in Michigan in 2008.
On July 30, she was a guest on Jack Lessenberry's show, Michigan Radio (http://jackshow.blogs.com/jack/
On July 26, she served as a panelist at the Judicial Candidates and Election forum, sponsored by the Michigan Judicial Caucus, in Troy, Michigan.
On July 23, she presented research on "The Social Effects of Democratic Engagement of Language Minority Communities: Developing Ownership, Accountability, and Stakeholders of Linguistic Minorities in a Democracy," at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, located at Monash University Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy.
On July 18, she presented commentary entitled "Language and Difference in a Democracy - Universal Engagement in Linguistically Diverse Democracies," at the Sixth International Conference on the Humanities, held at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey.
From June 24-25, she participated in a roundtable discussion on election reform sponsored by the Midwest Democracy Network in Minneapolis, Minn.
On June 18, she led a discussion entitled "Democracy, Language, and Diversity: Developing a Voice for Language Minority Communities," at the Eighth International Conference on the Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, at the University of Montréal in Montreal, Canada.
On June 13, she was a featured speaker at the Gamaliel National Conference, where she presented research on "State Constitutions, Litigation, and the Fundamental Right to Education," at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
On June 4, she presented a paper entitled "Education as a Fundamental Right in a Diverse Society," at the Fifteenth Annual International Conference on Learning, at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
On May 28, she served as a Panel Organizer and Participant for a roundtable discussion on "Law and Democracy in a Multilingual Society," at the Annual Law and Society Conference in Montreal, Canada.
On May 24, she ran the Bayshore Marathon in 3 hours and 31 minutes, qualifying to run the Boston Marathon in April 2009.
- March 11, 2008
Jocelyn Benson was invited to write and publish a piece entitled "One Person, One Vote: Protecting the Franchise Through the Effective Administration of Election Procedures" In THE URBAN LAWYER (a publication of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law).
She served on a Panel on State Efforts to Promote Election Reform and Access to the Vote, Moderator, American Constitution Society and the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. (Feb. 25, 2008).
She served as a panelist to address "The Crucial Role of State Election Administrators in Promoting Democracy," at the Norman Amaker Public Interest Law Conference, Indiana University Law School (Feb. 23, 2008).
She addressed "Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Future of Voting Rights," as part of the Penn State Dickenson School of Law Speaker Series on Preserving King's Legacy, Lecture, State College, PA. (Feb. 22, 2008).
She was interviewed in a segment called "Am I Right?" for Detroit Public Television (discussing the accusations of perjury against Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick) on Jan. 25, 2008.
She was interviewed by Patty Satalia for Pennsylvania Inside Out, WPSU TV, on Feb. 22, 2008.
- February 6, 2008
Jocelyn Benson spoke on Jan. 27, 2008, at the APIA Vote Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute conference in Dearborn. Her speech was entitled "Major Voting Rights and Election Reform Issues Facing the APIA Community in 2008."
She spoke on Feb. 2, 2008, on a judicial panel in Washtenaw County with former Attorney General Candidate Amos Williams on the current status of standing issues in the Michigan Supreme Court.
She will speak on Feb. 8, 2008, at the national Mid-Year Meeting of the American Bar Association on a panel entitled "Modern American Election Law and Voting Rights," cosponsored by Section of State and Local Government Law, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education.
- November 8, 2007
Jocelyn Benson was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Sept. 1, 2007)
She and Professor Robert Sedler were interviewed for an hour-long segment on Jury Diversity issues in Wayne County on Detroit Today, WDET/Michigan Public Radio. (Sept. 18, 2007)
The American Constitution Society published an issue brief that she authored entitled "Towards Full Participation: Solutions for Improvements to the Federal Language Assistance Laws." The issue brief was distributed to over 50,000 members of the ACS Voting and Democracy initiative and is available at: http://www.acslaw.org/c21/voting (Sept. 12, 2007)
She published an Op-Ed in the Daily Journal (www.dailyjournal.com), the most widely read legal journal on the West coast. The Op-Ed was entitled "Promoting Equal Opportunity and Access to the Vote for Citizens with Limited English Proficiency." (Sept. 27, 2007)
- April 4, 2007
Jocelyn Benson was invited to author a chapter on International Standards for Political Representation and Participation in the book International Election Principles: The Rule of Law in the Democratic Elections, to be published by the American Bar Association in December 2007.
On March 4, Professor Benson served as a panelist at the WSU Center for Citizenship Conference on Race and Citizenship, presenting a version of her forthcoming Boston College Law Review article, Su Voto Es Su Voz: Incorporating Voters of Limited English Proficiency into American Democracy.
From March 11 to March, with funding from the Izumi Fund, Professor Benson sponsored a trip to Atlanta and Montgomery, Alabama for students enrolled in her Election Law and Race and the Law courses. Eight students went on the trip. One half of the trip was spent meeting with lawyers at the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Equal Justice Initiative who work on death penalty litigation, suits against white supremacist organizations, and various anti-discrimination cases. The second half of the trip was spent touring parts of Alabama and Georgia that were relevant to the civil rights movement, including a journey along the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights trail and a visit to the Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama. The purpose of the trip was to offer students the opportunity to interact with lawyers currently working on civil rights litigation and to provide a view into the realities of the events that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
On March 15, Professor Benson submitted an entry on Voting Rights for the Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in 2008.
- February 21, 2007
Jocelyn Benson was recently recruited to contribute two chapters to an upcoming "Election Law Handbook," to be published in March 2008. Other authors will be Thurgood Marshall, Jr. and former Virginia Attorney General Jack Young. Her chapters will cover "Uniform Standards for Partisan Involvement in Election Administration: the Role of the Lawyer-Citizen and Voter-Advocate" and "The Language Minority Assistance Provisions of the Voting Rights Act."
In December 2006, Professor Benson was appointed to serve on the Racial Justice Advisory Council for the Michigan ACLU. She is currently drafting a memorandum for the council on the issues surrounding the creation of a legal right to education for students in the state of Michigan.
On January 11, Professor Benson delivered Wayne State Medical School's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture, "MLK and the quest for voting rights," sponsored by the Black Medical Association.
On January 22, she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Transportation Riders United, a non-profit organization advocating for improved public transit in the Detroit Metro area.
On February 14, Professor Benson participated as a lecturer in the Wayne State Humanities Center Brown Bag Colloquium Series, speaking on the recent reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act and the impending constitutional challenge to the Act.
- October 30, 2006
Jocelyn Benson was invited by the Fordham Urban Law Review to author an article. The piece she is writing is tentatively entitled: "Voter Fraud or Voter Defrauded? Federal Courts and the Issue of Fraud in Elections," based on a talk she delivered on October 23, 2006 at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. The issue is set to be published in Fall 2007.
On October 24, 2006, Professor Benson moderated a panel discussion in the Partrich Auditorium consisting of the six Wayne State law student research assistants she hired through work study this summer to examine and document the potential impact of Proposal 2, should it pass, on educational and economic opportunities in Michigan. The panel was sponsored by the Student Board of Governors and nearly 60 students and other community members attended the discussion.
On October 25, 2006, Professor Benson addressed students at the University of Toledo Law School on "Election Protection: Issues in 2004 and Beyond" to a gathering of approximately 75-80 students. The lecture included a presentation of the themes and arguments in her article, "Su Voto Es Su Voz: Incorporating Limited English Proficient Citizens into American Democracy" Boston College Law Review (forthcoming 2007).
Professor Benson completed the Detroit Free Press Marathon on October 29, 2006, in just over four hours.
- October 9, 2006
Jocelyn Benson presented "The Current status of Civil Rights Laws and Litigation in 2006," for the panel on Eyes on the Prize and Modern-Day Civil Rights, Wayne State University Undergraduate College on September 27, 2006.
She also spoke on "The Voting Rights Act Reauthorization of 2006 and Limited English Proficiency Voters," for the panel on the Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, Emory Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, on October 7, 2006.
Professor Benson delivered a keynote address, "Voter Fraud or Voter Defrauded? Federal Courts and the Issue of Fraud in Elections," at Drake Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, on October 23, 2006.
On October 25, 2006, she delivered a keynote address, "Election Protection: Issues in 2004 and Beyond," at University of Toledo Law School, Toledo, Ohio.
Her article, "Su Voto Es Su Voz: Integrating Limited English Proficient Citizens into American Democracy," is forthcoming later in 2006 in the Boston College Law Review.
- September 18, 2006
Jocelyn Benson recently completed two publications - one law review article and one chapter in a forthcoming book:
Preparing for 2007: Legal and Legislative Issues Surrounding the Reauthorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 67 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 125 (2006).
Language Accommodations for All? Extending and Expanding the Language Protections of the Voting Rights Act, in DEMOCRACY, PARTICIPATION AND POWER: PERSPECTIVES ON REAUTHORIZATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT (forthcoming Fall 2006 by the Berkeley Public Policy Press).
She delivered two invited presentations:
The Annual Conference of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) (September 18, 2006), and she co-authored an accompanying paper entitled What Local Government Counsel Needs to Know about the 2006 Amendments to the Voting Rights Act, H.R. 9: Bilingual Interpreters, Foreign Language Ballots & Strengthened Preclearance Requirements (with Benjamin E Griffith); and
The Warren Institute of Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, where she delivered a lecture and presented accompanying written remarks on "Appropriate Language Accommodations under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act" before an audience of approximately 250. (February 9, 2006).
She was recently appointed to serve on the following boards:
Standing Committee on Election Law, The American Bar Association (3 year appointment);
Board of Directors, Mobilizing America's Youth (2 year appointment); and
President's Commission on Women, Wayne State University
She also supervised the research and production of three studies, completed by seven work-study students at Wayne State University Law School, into the potential legal, political, and sociological effects of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative. The students will present their research and written studies to the public in October 2006.
She was an invited guest on the Detroit television broadcast of "Am I Right? Or Am I Right?" to provide commentary on Detroit municipal elections and other voting related controversies (October 28, 2006).
She completed the Green Bay Marathon in Green Bay Wisconsin, May 2006.
- August 23, 2006
Jocelyn Benson was appointed to board of Community Legal Resources
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Competitor charges Duggan violated residency rule in run for Detroit mayor."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a story on WJBK Fox 2 Detroit titled "Questions over some of state Rep. Brian Banks' actions."
- Jocelyn Benson was noted as a featured speaker in an article about the upcoming event published in the Observer-Reporter (Pennsylvania) titled "Italian-American group to honor DiNardo."
- Jocelyn Benson was a recipient of the 2013 Great Expectations Award presented during the Detroit NAACP's 58th annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner held at Cobo Center. Prior to the event, Benson was an in-studio guest on WDIV talking about the honor, which also was reported by WWJ-AM radio and by the Detroit Free Press with the headline "NAACP Freedom Fund dinner attracts thousands."
- Jocelyn Benson was noted as an award recipient in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Pelosi to speak Sunday at NAACP dinner."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Michigan Lawyers Weekly blog item ttled "Wayne State Law dean looking for teammates in Tough Mudder obstacle course."
- Jocelyn Benson was quotd in a Bloomberg Business Week article titled "California Nonpartisan Districting Ousts Life Incumbents."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Bloomberg News article titled "Republicans foil what most U.S. wants with gerrymandering."
- Jocelyn Benson joined Channel 7 co-anchor Carolyn Clifford during the Channel 7 nightly newscast talking about the Kwame Kilpatrick trial and his conviction of corruption charges.
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a CBS Detroit TV report titled "Snyder names Macomb County judge to Supreme Court."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Crain's Detroit Business story titled "Law students looking to biz as alternative in tight market."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an article on Mlive.com and Bridge titled "Ad campaign leaves voters, experts unimpressed."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in reports on Mlive and Yahoo News in an article titled "Nonpartisan Michigan Election Coalition receives 'hundreds' of calls about voting machine breakdowns."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit News article titled "Michigan SOS putting politics first."
- Jocelyn Benson was featured in a Detroit Legal News article titled "Coming to the aid: Law school professor forms group to help military spouses."
- Jocelyn Benson was among a panel of experts on the Craig Fahle Show on WDET-FM radio to talk about voter rights and the controversial voter ID laws.
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a report on WZZM-TV 13 (Grand Rapids) titled "Report: Consumers pay price for item pricing law."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an article in Livingston Daily titled "Claims about voting need reality check."
- Jocelyn Benson was interviewed by Craig Fahle on WDET-FM radio in a segment called "Can Democracy survive campaign finance reform?"
- Jocelyn Benson was the focus of a feature story in the Detroit News titled "Military service inspired by 9/11 puts couple on unlikely path."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an ABC-10 story titled "Legislation introduced to ensure military votes."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Lansing State Journal article titled "Morouns give Michigan Supreme Court justices maximum donations to campaigns."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a blog on OpenMarket.org titled "Collective Bargaining: Mythical Right Turned Constitutional in Michigan?"
- Jocelyn Benson was featured in an NBC News "Open Channel" story titled "Activist state election officers lead charge for Voter ID."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article titled "Will Michigan unions prevail in drive to protect rights at ballot box?"
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit News story titled "Ballot wars confuse issues."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an article, "Hurdles Still Ahead for Black Athletes," in the Vineyard Gazette (Massachusetts).
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Toledo Blade article titled "Michigan primary further clouds citizenship-voting issue."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an MLive.com story titled "Citizenship check box on ballot application creates confusion in Michigan primary election."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in an Mlive.com story titled "Gary Peters wins incumbent battled with Hansen Clarke in Michigan's 14th Congressional District."
- Jocelyn Benson was featured in an article on Livingston Daily.com titled "Election law expert to speak in Livingston County on voter suppression." Benson, the founder and director of the Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration, will speak at 7 p.m. July 26, at Livingston County Democratic Party headquarters in Brighton Township.
- Jocelyn Benson is quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "ACLU's pioneering lawsuit aims to ensure Michigan students learn to read."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in "Detroit may send no black representatives to Congress" in Bloomberg Business Week.
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Super PACs have yet to take off in Michigan politics."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a huffingtonpost.com article titled "Michigan's Corruptibility Rated An 'F' In New Report -- And It Isn't Just A Detroit Problem."
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Donor ballot question postponed."
- Jocelyn Benson was interviewed on WSJM radio for a story about changes to Michigan's recall laws to cut down on the number of elected official recall attempts.
- Jocelyn Benson presented "Behind Closed Doors: Secret Money and Secret Influence," a lecture on campaign finance, at Northern Michigan University, which was covered on WLUC TV6/FOX UP,
- Jocelyn Benson was highlighted in a NPR commentary by Jack Lessenberry titled "Fighting for a Future."
- Jocelyn Benson was mentioned in a Daily Telegram brief brief as the keynote speaker at the Lenawee County Democratic Party's annual John F. Kennedy Dinner on May 14, in Adrian.
- Jocelyn Benson commented in a Between the Lines article highlighting the push for anti-bullying legislation. Benson will head up a data collection effort to expose the extent and the impact of bullying in Michigan via the Michigan Allies Project. She said in a speech before an anti-bullying rally in Howell that Michigan needs to take a zero tolerance approach to bullying.
- Jocelyn Benson was featured in the Grand Rapids Legal News for her role in the Michigan Allies Project. The purpose of the Michigan Allies Project is to collect data and report on "hate" incidents and crimes throughout the state of Michigan. The project's focus will be on hate incidents that target individuals based on their race, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
- Jocelyn Benson will be among the speakers participating in the Michigan Democratic LGBT Caucus's and the Michigan School Tolerance Campaign's march to end bullying in Michigan schools on Saturday, April 9, according to a Between the Lines article.
- Jocelyn Benson commented in a Newsweek article titled "Colorado: New Power Pols." Secretaries of state have been among the more anonymous local officeholders, managing elections without taking a political side. Since the 2000 recount in Florida, however, when Republican Katherine Harris raised the post's profile, it's gone from political backwater to proving ground. This month at least seven states have replaced old-model functionaries with openly partisan secretaries, says Benson, who calls the shift "one of the most concerning outcomes of the 2010 elections."
- Jocelyn Benson commented in a Detroit News article titled "Michigan high court OKs use of credit scores for insurance."
- Jocelyn Benson wrote an op-ed in The Detroit News titled "Require more disclosure for corporate campaigns."
- Jocelyn Benson commented in a Detroit News article titled "Bill would let Mich. voters register online."
- Jocelyn Benson co-wrote an article with Mike Bryanton for The Detroit News titled "Let all Michiganians vote by absentee ballot." The article states that Michigan, one of only a handful of states in the nation with restrictions on absentee voting, should allow all residents to vote by absentee ballot to promote voter confidence and ensure that all voices are heard.
- Jocelyn Benson was featured in Elect Women Magazine in an article titled "Longtime Advocate of Fair Elections Jocelyn Benson Makes Bid for Michigan Secretary of State."
- Jocelyn Benson wrote an opinion piece in the Detroit Free Press on Feb. 23, 2009, addressing the issue of absentee voter ballot applications. "Balancing the need to promote access to democracy with the importance of preventing fraud and other irregularities is the challenge of every election administrator," she writes.
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted by Curt Guyette in the Metro Times in an article about polling-place regulations in this story about voter rights on election day.
- Jocelyn Benson was featured in an WXYZ story on election laws related to voter apparel and paraphernalia at the polls on Oct. 2, 2008.
- Jocelyn Benson commented in two segments about a rumor that political operatives may use foreclosure lists to keep people from voting on WJBK-TV on Sept. 30, 2008..
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted by Christine MacDonald and Leonard N. Fleming in the Detroit News on Sept. 13, 2008, in a story about nine possible candidates for mayor of Detroit.
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted by Patricia Manson in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in an article titled "Voting rights still not secure; some assert" on Feb. 11, 2008.
- Jocelyn Benson was featured in an article by the PR Newswire titled "Victory for NAACP Coalition at United States Department of Justice" on Dec. 29, 2007.
- Jocelyn Benson was a featured guest on the Detroit Public Television Weekly show, "Am I Right or Am I Right," hosted by Nolan Finely and Debbie Dingell on Jan 28, 2008.
- Jocelyn Benson was was interviewed and quoted in Our Michigan, a statewide publication and blog on issues relating to Michigan politics on Jan. 21, 2008.
- Jocelyn Benson was featured in a front page article in the Detroit Legal News and an article in the South End News regarding her recent designation as the Cohn Scholar for 2008-09, on Jan. 16, 2008.
- Jocelyn Benson was quoted by Celeste Whiting in the Michigan Messenger in an article titled "Voter advocates get ready for November" on Jan. 25, 2008.