The Civil Rights Law Institute 2023

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Thursday, October 19, 3:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. ET
(Optional Tours, Reception, and Dinner)

Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET
(Live-on-Site CLE at Monticello)
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Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

  • Live Webcast

MCLE Credit: 6.0 Pending
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Pending (all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fees: October 19–20: Live-on-Site CLE plus Optional
October 19 Activities: $520 (Non-Discountable)
October 19–20:
Live-on-Site CLE plus Optional
October 19 Activities with Guest: $645 (Non-Discountable)

October 20: Live-on-Site CLE:
$395 (Non-Discountable)

October 20: Webcast CLE:
$325 (Discountable)


Why Attend?

  • Explore timely topics within the complex field of voting rights in the United States, including Independent State Legislature Theory, local administration of elections, and redistricting.
  • Understand the history and legal precedents of voting rights.
  • Learn from and connect with expert faculty from across the Commonwealth and nation.
  • Enjoy a truly unique CLE experience presented at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, including optional tours, dinner, and cocktail reception on October 19. Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory, Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, will be the featured speaker for the welcome dinner.

While we encourage registrants to join us at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello for this can’t-miss program, you have the option to attend virtually via webcast.

The Virginia Law Foundation has partnered with The Virginia Bar Association, Old Dominion Bar Association, Thomas Jefferson' Monticello, and founding members from the Virginia State Bar's Diversity Conference to present The Civil Rights Law Institute 2023.

The second annual Institute will take place on October 20, 2023, with optional tours, cocktail reception, and dinner on October 19. We are delighted to have Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory, Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, as the featured speaker at this year's welcome dinner.

Voting is what makes democracy real. It is a fundamental part of American society, and voting and civil rights cannot be understated nor separated. In recent years, several states have introduced laws that have increased restrictions on voting rights. Voting by mail and voting before an election is more difficult than in recent years and the authenticity of votes has been called into question numerous times. The role of the state legislature and local elections is also a fiercely debated topic. With elections at every level playing a significant role in our political system, ensuring the accessibility, validity, and freedoms of civil rights is paramount.

With these ideas top of mind, the 2023 Civil Rights Law Institute will center around discussion of voting rights from historical and legal perspectives. Attendees can expect to hear an historical overview of voting rights in the United States as well as panels discussing timely topics like independent state legislature theory, the Voting Rights Act, local administration, redistricting, and how voting rights and elections compare outside the United States.

A full schedule and faculty list will be announced very soon, but as with every Civil Rights Law Institute, participants will include lawyers, historians, civic leaders, journalists, and other experts from diverse and balanced perspectives.

We are fortunate to have the support of several sponsors, including Dominion Energy, Virginia CLE®, Kaufman & Canoles, McGuireWoods, Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black PLC, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Landin Law Group, Old Dominion Bar Association, Barnes & Diehl, Spotts Fain, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia, and Sensei Enterprises, as well as individual sponsors Rudene Mercer Haynes, Brenda and Michael HuYoung, and Hon. Jane Marum Roush.


The Civil Rights Law Institute provides an exceptional opportunity for your business or firm to align with this important event and be a part of a relevant educational experience. Network with panelists and professional attendees, take part in discussions with civic and community leaders, and experience powerful marketing benefits. For more information on corporate or individual sponsorships, please contact Katie Arata at


By attending a live-on-site Virginia CLE® seminar, you acknowledge the health risks associated with COVID-19 and that you MUST follow all Virginia CLE® COVID-19 policies. You may NOT attend a live-on-site program if you have tested positive for COVID-19, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you are under any self-quarantine orders per CDC guidelines.


The live-on-site option for this program is NOT eligible for discounts.
The webcast option for this program IS eligible for discounts.
Virginia CLE® Online+ Bundle credits and Unlimited Passes may NOT be used to register for this program.

Interested in watching the October 20 webcast but not seeking MCLE credit? Contact Deanna McGlothlin at to request a discounted webcast registration fee.


Please park at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, where shuttles will depart for all conference events. The GPS address is 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902.


Virginia CLE® recommends the following accommodations:

Keswick Hall
701 Club Drive, Keswick, VA 22947

Boar’s Head Resort
200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Clifton
1296 Clifton Inn Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Quirk Charlottesville
499 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Draftsman
1106 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Omni Charlottesville Hotel
212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hyatt Place Charlottesville
2100 Bond Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Hilton Garden Inn
1793 Richmond Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Residence Inn by Marriott
315 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
870 Pantops Corner Way, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Registration Deadlines:

Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Live on Site: Registration ends at 5:00 p.m., October 10.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $90 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.

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SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)

Thursday, October 19, 2023: Optional Activities at Monticello*

TBD Tours of Monticello
5:00 Cocktail Reception, Montalto Terrace
6:30 Dinner, Montalto Conservatory
(Featuring Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory, Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals)

*Shuttle service will depart from the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center for all above events.

Friday, October 20, 2023: Voting Rights: American Democracy at a Crossroads

8:00 Registration, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello (Shuttle service will be transporting guests from the Visitor Center at Monticello to Montalto.)
8:30 Light Breakfast, Montalto Dining Room
9:00 Introduction and Welcome, Montalto Conservatory
9:15 History of Voting Rights in the U.S.
10:30 Break, Montalto Dining Room
10:45 Independent State Legislature Theory and the Rule of Law
12:00 Lunch, Montalto Conservatory
1:15 Local Administration of Elections
2:45 Break, Montalto Dining Room
3:00 Redistricting and the Virginia Redistricting Commission
5:00 Closing Remarks
5:15 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.


Faculty expected to participate include, but are not limited to:

Professor Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University
Professor Joshua Douglas, School of Law, University of Kentucky
Christopher A. Duggan, Smith Duggan Cornell & Gollub LLP
Wyatt B. Durrett, Jr., Attorney at Law, Durrette, Arkema, Gerson & Gill PC
Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Former Director of Virginia’s ACLU
Professor Rebecca Green, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, Elections Law Program, William & Mary School of Law
Professor Melissa Murray, New York University, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes School of Law
Professor Bertrall Ross, University of Virginia, School of Law

Moderators/speakers expected to participate include, but are not limited to:

Professor Henry “Hank” Chambers, Jr., School of Law, University of Richmond
Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory, Fourth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals
Gardiner Hallock, Interim President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Rudene Mercer Haynes, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Richard Stengel, Former TIME editor and Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Ray White, Executive Director, Virginia Law Foundation

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