UGA experts available to discuss Voting Rights Act decision

Athens, Ga. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is not constitutional. That section determines which parts of the country must receive a prior clearance before an election law can be altered.

For media assistance finding a UGA expert in this or another area, contact the UGA News Service at 706-542-8083 or see the UGA faculty experts database at http://news.uga.edu/experts/.

For a University of Georgia expert’s view on the decision, contact:

Lori A. Ringhand

J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law

School of Law


Lori A. Ringhand is a voting rights expert and the J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law in the UGA School of Law, where she teaches election law, constitutional law and state and local government. Her research focuses on empirical work regarding the voting patterns and practices of U.S. Supreme Court justices, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in a variety of peer-reviewed law journals. She just published “Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change,” co-authored with P. Collins. 

Maurice C. Daniels


School of Social Work

706-542-5424, sswdean@uga.edu

Maurice C. Daniels is dean of the UGA School of Social Work and is founder and director of The Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies. Daniels is a senior researcher and executive producer most recently of “Donald L. Hollowell: Foot Soldier for Equal Justice,” which originally aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting. His scholarship includes various scholarly articles and national conference papers focusing on civil rights and social justice.

Obie Clayton Jr.

Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professor of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies

School of Social Work

706-542-1222, oclayton@uga.edu

Editor of the acclaimed book “An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in a Changing World,” Obie Clayton Jr. is best known for his service and research in examining race relations, urban inequality, demography and the family.