Spencer Overton to Speak on the Voting Rights Act
Lexington, VA • Wednesday, September 15, 2004Overton's recent academic writings include: Mistaken Identity: Unveiling the Property Characteristics of Political Money, 53 Vand. L. Rev. 1235 (2000); Voices from the Past: Race, Privilege, and Campaign Finance, 79 N.C. L. Rev. 1541 (2001); Rules, Standards, and Bush v. Gore: Form and the Law of Democracy, 37 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 65 (forthcoming 2002); A Place at the Table: Bush v. Gore Through the Lens of Race, 29 Fla. St. L. Rev. 469 (2001); But Some Are More Equal: Race, Exclusion, and Campaign Finance, 80 Tex. L. Rev. 987 (2002); Racial Disparities and the Political Function of Property, 49 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 1553 (2002).
Overton formerly taught at the University of California, Davis, and has given academic presentations at a variety of law schools, including Florida State, Harvard, North Carolina and the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Overton's appointment at the University of California, he served as the Charles Hamilton Houston Fellow at Harvard Law School, where he co-taught a course on Law and the Political Process with Professor Lani Guinier.
Overton's interest in the practical application of his scholarship has resulted in commentaries in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and several other publications. He also serves as a director of the National Voting Rights Institute and the Fannie Lou Hamer Project. Prior to joining academia, Overton practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Debevoise & Plimpton, where he worked on several widely noticed cases, including investigations by Congress and the Justice Department into fundraising techniques employed by the Democratic National Committee. Overton is a graduate of Hampton University and Harvard Law School, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.