Gerrymandering Cases are Hot

On January 9, 2018, a three-judge panel threw out the North Carolina Congressional redistricting map.  The panel held the plan was a partisan gerrymander that violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and the First Amendment.  The day after the North Carolina decision, a three-judge panel upheld the Pennsylvania congressional map as constitutional. As discussed […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Takes on Purging of Voter-Registration Lists

On January 10, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments about the legality of Ohio’s efforts to maintain accurate voter-registration lists.  In Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, the 6th Circuit held Ohio’s process to remove voters from the list is illegal. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of […]

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Attorney Sam Wellborn joins Sowell Gray Robinson

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Regulatory attorney Sam Wellborn has joined Sowell Gray Robinson law firm as an associate. Sam’s practice is focused primarily on regulatory and administrative law, with an emphasis on utilities regulation. Through his education and experience, Sam has developed an in-depth understanding of how policy and the law influence decision-making within regulatory frameworks. […]

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Jordan, Richardson named members of Sowell Gray Robinson

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sowell Gray Robinson Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, is pleased to announce that attorneys Will Jordan and Beth Richardson have become the firm’s newest members. Will Jordan focuses his practice in the areas of professional negligence, employment, and business and commercial litigation. He has experience representing attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice […]

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Update on Redistricting Cases

2018 should be a huge year for redistricting cases. Last fall, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument on the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case of Gill v. Whitford. Then, in early December, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Benisek v. Lamone, a partisan gerrymandering challenge to the Maryland redistricting plan for its Congressional districts. Why the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Maryland case remains unclear.  However, […]

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