Bertrall Ross

Supreme Court to review affirmative action case

Bertrall Ross quoted on ABC7 News, March 25, 2013

Bertrall Ross teaches law at UC Berkeley. “The two laws are very similar to each other and given the similarities, I would say that whatever the court says about Prop. 2 would have the same impact on Prop. 209,” he said.

Shelby County v. Holder and the second-guessing of Congress

Bertrall Ross writes for Alliance for Justice, February 27, 2013

If the conservative argument is allowed to carry the day, it will represent a critical step backwards not only for voter equality, but for racial equality, congressional authority, and the institutional legitimacy of the Supreme Court. Any federal statute advancing the protection of racial and other minorities will be subject to close scrutiny with a presumption that it is simply the perpetuation of a group entitlement, driven by those minorities’ supposed political power.

Donors to Arcata school measures could see financial benefit

Bertrall Ross quoted in The Times-Standard, October 19, 2012

Bertrall Ross, a professor of political and election law at Berkeley Law School, said that the contributions appear to coincide with state law. A California Watch report from June 4 found many school bond measures around the state that had donors in similar positions. “What’s unique about this is the quid pro quo nature of the contribution,” Ross said…. “It is troubling in terms of policy.”

Bid to appease bullet train critics may violate law

Bertrall Ross quoted in Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2012

Whether a court would actually stop the project because of such alleged violations is not clear, said UC Berkeley assistant law professor Bertrall Ross, an election law expert. The conditions in the law, he added, were not in the ballot summary that voters saw at the polls, and judges often attach more importance to that than the underlying statute. On the other hand, some of the conditions were in voter pamphlets, and a judge could rule against the plan on that basis, Ross said. “It could go either way.”

Bertrall Ross Analyzes Bill that Seeks Tough Penalties for Lead in Jewelry

California Watch, April 29, 2011 by Joanna Lin

For companies that settled with the state, the bill may be unfortunate, but it’s not illegal, said Bertrall Ross…. “The Legislature can pass a law that in a sense supersedes a settlement and imposes potentially greater obligations,” he said. “That’s one of the risks you take in any settlement that touches upon a broader issue that can be subject to regulation.”