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City Club events occur on the first and third Thursday of every month, beginning at noon and ending at 1:00 p.m. We meet at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3285 Gateway Street.

The meeting involves a presentation of about 25 minutes followed by a period when each table can discuss the presentation and prepare a question to be asked by the table

Advance registration is not required. Payments can be made at the event.

July 19

Redistricting: It affects you

Because every level of elected officials, from school boards to Congress, will be redistricted following the 2020 census, learning what has gone wrong in the past will prepare us for this next iteration.  Biased redistricting leads to politicians choosing their voters, instead of the other way around.  This is not unique to Congress or to state legislatures.  It can and has happened at every level of government, and it is vitally important for voters to pay attention to the process.  For sure, special interests and political self-interests are paying attention! 

On July 19, Springfield City Club and the League of Women Voters of Lane County will present Paul Diller, Professor of Law at Willamette University speaking about the amicus curiae brief he filed with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding gerrymandering in Wisconsin. The case, Gill v. Whitford, examines several issues regarding whether Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan was partisan and favored Republicans’ control of the state legislature. Diller authored the brief on behalf of several leading municipal organizations.

Gerrymandering is the practice of changing the boundaries of a district to give the advantage to a specific party or group. An amicus brief is filed by a non-litigant and seeks to advise the members of the court with relevant information they may want to consider. On June 18, 2018, the Court remanded the case back to lower courts, finding that the plaintiffs had not demonstrated standing for the case in demonstrating harm.

Professor Diller's professional work focuses on the legal structures, including federalism and gerrymandering, that constrain or empower local policymaking. He teaches State and Local Government, Property, Public Health Law, and other related courses.