Professor Daniel P. Tokaji to speak Feb. 7

Professor Daniel P. Tokaji will speak about voting rights at the University of Akron’s Student Union Theater Friday, Feb 7, at 3:30 p.m. as part of the University of Akron’s Race Week. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

This event is free and is co-sponsored by the Akron Press Club, the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, UA’s Center for Conflict Management, the UA School of Law, Bierce Library and Canton Area League of Women Voters.

Tokaji is Robert M. Duncan/Jones Day Designated Professor of Law and a Senior Fellow in Election Law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. He is an authority on election law and voting rights. He specializes in election reform, including such topics as voting technology, voter identification, provisional ballots and other subjects addressed by the Help America Vote Act of 2002.  Tokaji also studies issues of fair representation, including redistricting and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

He has published extensively on these topics. Tokaji has been quoted by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Columbus Dispatch, the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, USA TODAY, FOX News, NBC News and National Public Radio.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, Tokaji clerked for the Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before arriving at Ohio State he was a staff attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and chair of California Common Cause.

He was lead counsel in a case that struck down an Ohio law requiring naturalized citizens to produce a certificate of naturalization when challenged at the polls. He was an attorney for plaintiffs in cases that kept open the window for simultaneous registration and early voting in Ohio’s 2008 general election, and that challenged punch-card voting systems in Ohio and California after the 2000 election.

Tokaji sits on the boards of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio



Speaker: Professor Daniel P. Tokaji.

Time: Friday, Feb. 7, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Place: The University of Akron Student Union Theater.

Cost: Free

Reservations not required


Upcoming Press Club Events:

  • Feb. 13 – David James, State of Akron Public Schools.
  • March 14 – Russ Pry, State of Summit County.


The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.