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Rule of Law

Advocate to improve how presidential elections work

 

The Rule of Law Clinic studies issues related to maintaining and strengthening democratic institutions and values in society. In Fall 2022, the clinic will focus on the Electoral College. Recent presidential elections have highlighted vulnerabilities in the Electoral College system and raised questions about the system's fairness. 

Dean Emeritus John D. Feerick, who will co-teach the clinic, has worked with the American Bar Association and members of Congress on a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College.

In the Rule of Law Clinic, student teams will research and analyze various aspects of the Electoral College system with a focus on advocating for reform. Possible reform topics include the process for counting electoral votes in Congress and issues related to states' roles in the Electoral College, such as preventing "faithless electors." Interviews with experts will be a key aspect of the research. The teams will write reports or memorandums and then brief stakeholders on their conclusions. 

Additional Resources

It's Time to Abolish Electors

Presidents Must Be Elected Popularly:

Examining Proposals and Identifying the Natural Endpoint of Electoral College Reform

Gianni Mascioli, Caroline Kane, Meira Nagel, Michael McGarry, Ezra Medina, Jenny Brejt, Siobhan D’Angelo, January 2020

 

Under the direction of former Dean John Feerick, Fordham has been in the forefront of improving the nation's procedures for handling constitutional issues, In addition to his work on the Electoral College, he played a key role in framing the Constitution's 25th Amendment.

 

Prof. John Rogan and Dean Feerick previously co-taught the Democracy Clinic and the Presidential Succession Clinic. One of the eleven reports released by the Democracy Clinic focused on Electoral College reform.