E7: A Broken Winged Pterodactyl Walks Into the Supreme Court: A Look at Next Term’s Redistricting Cases


Redistricting. It’s been the subject of several Supreme Court cases in recent years, including two that the high court will consider during its upcoming term.

The process of redistricting, which states undergo every decade, is hyper-technical (going block by block) and regularly changing (from acetate & maps to computers & stats).

And the case law governing redistricting is much the same way.

But don’t fret! Bloomberg BNA’s Nicholas Datlowe and Kimberly Robinson are here to help you sort it all out.

Joined by two nationally renowned election law professors, Nicholas and Kimberly take an in-depth look at how the states undergo redistricting, how courts got involved in the process, and how the Supreme Court’s most recent cases will affect the upcoming presidential election (SPOILER ALERT: they won’t).

The podcast is the first in a series of podcasts that will take deep dives into cases headed before the high court. So if you like this podcast, be sure to check back for more.


You can follow along with the Supreme Court’s upcoming term by taking a free trial to United States Law Week.


Kimberly Robinson

Nicholas Datlowe


Rick Hasen, UCI School of Law professor and creator of the Election Law Blog

Nathaniel Persily, Stanford Law professor

Featured Cases:

Ala. Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, 135 S. Ct. 1257, 83 U.S.L.W. 4210, 2015 BL 82479 (March 25, 2015)

Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186 (1962)

Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964)

Shaw v. Reno, 509 U.S. 630 (1993)


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