The Hon. Michael Warren of the Oakland County Circuit Court and co-founder of Patriot Week.org, and Attorney Mark Brewer of Goodman Acker, P.C. were panelists during WMU-Cooley Law School’s Constitution Day discussion “Gerrymandering, the United States Supreme Court, and Michigan’s Constitutional Amendment.”
During the presentation, which was sponsored by WMU-Cooley’s chapter of the American Constitution Society, Daniel Campbell, who is president of the campus’ American Constitution Society, introduced the speakers and detailed political and legal issues surrounding voting district gerrymandering.
Pictured: (front row, left-right) WMU-Cooley students Kathryn Kucyk, Daniell Campbell, Matthew Smith; (back row, left-right) Professor Gerald Tschura, attorney Mark Brewer of Goodman Acker, P.C., Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka, and Hon. Michael Warren of the Oakland County Circuit Court and co-founder of Patriot Week.org.
While Michigan faces changes to how voting districts are created by the use of a Citizen Redistricting Commission, Warren said that the Constitution provides that voting districts are determined by the legislature.
“Having un-elected commissioners draw districts you risk breaking down the representative form of government and taking power away from the people,” said Warren.
Brewer pointed out that elected officials have a conflict if put in charge of drawing voting district lines.
“Allowing the legislature to determine voting districts presents an inherent conflict of interest, as they have demonstrated they will draw the districts to ensure their reelection.”
This year’s event marked the 10th anniversary of both the founding of Patriot Week.org and the inaugural event of the Auburn Hills WMU Cooley chapter of the American Constitution Society.