Travis Crum is a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Travis’s research focuses on the relationship between voting rights, race, and federalism. His current project examines the Fifteenth Amendment as an independent constitutional provision and critiques that Amendment’s narrow application in contemporary doctrine.
Travis’s previous work on the Voting Rights Act’s bail-in provision was described by the Wall Street Journal as the “blueprint” for the “Obama administration’s new legal strategy to preserve decades of minority-voting rights” in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder striking down the VRA’s coverage formula. His work has also been discussed in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and MSNBC. He is a frequent contributor to the Election Law Blog and Take Care. Travis’s proposal for an effects-test bail-in provision was incorporated in the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019, which recently passed the House of Representatives.
Prior to becoming a Bigelow Fellow, Travis served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice (Ret.) John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court during the October 2014 Term, Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and Judge Myron Thompson on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He was also a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States and an associate at the Washington, DC office of Mayer Brown LLP. Travis received his JD from Yale Law School, his master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.