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Gabriel J. Chin, JD, LLM Biography

Professor of Law at the University of California at Davis
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“Criminal disenfranchisement was widely used in the South after Reconstruction to suppress the vote of African-Americans. It remains the major basis for the disproportionate disenfranchisement of African-American adults. Thirteen percent of African-American men cannot vote because of criminal conviction, a rate seven times the national average. Felon disenfranchisement has tremendous effects on the political landscape — leading researchers report that felon disenfranchisement ‘may have altered the outcome of as many as seven recent U.S. Senate elections and one presidential election.’ Because the Fifteenth Amendment repealed Section 2, courts must reconsider the treatment of felon disenfranchisement.”

“Reconstruction, Felon Disenfranchisement and the Right to Vote: Did the Fifteenth Amendment Repeal Section 2 of the Fourteenth,” Georgetown Law Journal, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Law, University of California at Davis, 2011-present
  • Chester H. Smith Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, 2004-2011
  • Professor of Public Administration and Policy, Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, 2004-2011
  • Chair, Association of American Law Schools, Minority Law Teachers Section, 2004-2005
  • Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2003-2004
  • Rufus King Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2001-2003
  • Urban Justice Institute, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2001-2003
  • Special Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Cincinnati, OH, 1999-2003
  • Interim Associate Dean, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Spring 2002
  • Associate Professor, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1998-2001
  • Assistant Professor, Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, MA, 1995-1998
  • Special Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Appeals Bureau, Cambridge & Springfield, MA, 1996-1998
  • Associate Appellate Counsel, Criminal Appeals Bureau, The Legal Aid Society of New York, 1992-1994
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Richard P. Matsch, Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1989
  • Editor, Yale Law & Policy Review
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Arizona Asian American Bar Association
  • LLM, Yale Law School, 1995
  • JD, cum laude, Michigan Law School, 1988
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1985
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