Contributor Bios

Michael Halberstam
Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School
Michael Halberstam teaches in the areas of corporate law, litigation and political process regulation. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He practiced for several years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a leading corporate and litigation firm in New York City.

Halberstam’s recent research applies new institutional and governance approaches to corporate governance and political process regulation. In particular, his work examines the impact of legal rules on how private and governmental organizations satisfy their informational or knowledge requirements. He is currently working on a book about open data and democratic governance.


Jeffrey M. Wice
Jaeckle Research Fellows, Edwin F. Jaeckle Center for State and Local Democracy
An expert on redistricting, Jeffrey Wice has served as an attorney “of counsel” with Sandler Reiff Young & Lamb in Washington D.C. The law firm has a special focus on election and non-profit organization work.

Wice’s work has involved all aspects of state and local redistricting in New York State and around the nation. In New York State, Wice served as redistricting counsel to Assembly Speakers Miller, Weprin and Silver; Senate Presidents and leaders, and many county, town and city officials. Recently Wice has advised state and local legislators and activists in New York City, Town of Brookhaven, City of Yonkers, Nassau County, Oswego County, Town of North Hempstead and several others. Outside of New York, he has recently counseled legislative leaderships and elected officials in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Kansas, Vermont, Arkansas, California, Nevada, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and Maine among others.

Wice co-authored Court Deference to State Legislatures in Redistricting After Perry v. Perez, published in Election Law Journal (vol. 2, no. 4). He has contributed to several editions of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Redistricting Law Handbook.


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