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Derek Clinger

Derek Clinger

Expert on political and election law, state constitutional law, and state courts, and with a particular focus on Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, and Wisconsin.

Senior Staff Attorney, State Democracy Research Initiative Law School Work: 614-499-4156 Home page Twitter: @


  • Political and election law.


  • Frequently contributes to amicus briefs on issues related to elections and state constitutional law.
  • Previously a lawyer in private practice focusing on political and election law, including issues related to election administration, direct democracy, campaign finance, and ballot access.
  • Recent writings have explored issues like redistricting, judicial recusal, legislative vetoes, and ballot initiatives and referenda.