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College of Law

Physical Address:
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Main Office: 208-885-2255
Admissions: 208-885-2300
Legal Clinic: 208-885-6541
Office of the Dean: 208-364-4620

Fax: 208-885-5709

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Physical Address:
514 W Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051

Phone: 208-364-4560

Fax: 208-334-2176

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Benjamin Plener Cover

Benjamin Plener Cover

Associate Professor of Law

Office

ILJLC 324

Phone

208-364-4094

Mailing Address

College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051

  • B.Sc., University of Toronto, 2004
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2005
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2009

Benjamin Plener Cover studied engineering, mathematics, and economics at the University of Toronto; international development at the London School of Economics; and law at Yale. During law school, he was a submissions editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, a student director of the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, and a participant in the Prisoner Legal Services Clinic. He also founded a nonprofit organization called 24 Hours for Darfur.

Upon graduation, he worked on pretrial reform efforts at the public defender’s office in New Orleans as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow and Vital Projects Fund grant recipient. He then handled misdemeanor and felony cases in municipal and state court. In 2013, he became the legislative director for New Orleans City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, focusing on policy issues including neighborhood revitalization, land use, economic development, immigration, health, education, criminal justice reform, and political reform.

He has served as a Visiting Associate Professor since 2014 and a tenure-track Associate Professor since 2017. He has written about the Petition Clause and partisan gerrymandering, and his work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review and the U.C. Davis Law Review. He has served as a peer reviewer for Election Law Journal and currently serves on the executive committee of the Election Law section of the American Association of Law Schools. His article on partisan gerrymandering was recently cited by a federal three-judge panel in the case of Ohio A. Philip Randolph Inst. v. Householder, No. 1:18-CV-357, 2019 WL 1969585 (S.D. Ohio May 3, 2019).

  • Election Law
  • Electoral Districting
  • First Amendment

  • Burton Ellis Research Scholar, 2019
  • Vital Projects Fund Grant Recipient, 2011-2012 
  • Arthur P. Liman Public Interest Fellow, 2009-2011

  • Quantifying Political Gerrymandering: An Evaluation of the Efficiency Gap Proposal, 70 Stan. L. Rev. 1131(2018) (cited in Ohio A. Philip Randolph Inst. v. Householder, No. 1:18-CV-357, 2019 WL 1969585, at *69, n.733 (S.D. Ohio May 3, 2019))
  • The First Amendment Right to a Remedy, 50 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1741 (2017)

Recent Blog Posts

Election Law & Litigation: Strict Construction or Serious Confusion?

Posted Tue, 17 Nov 2020 08:39:00 -0800

Even before the polls closed Nov. 3, President Donald Trump’s campaign filed lawsuits challenging the acceptance of absentee and early votes, as well as asking that vote counting be stopped. Now, Attorney General William Barr has allowed U.S. attorneys to “pursue substantial allegations” of voter fraud before the results of the 2020 presidential election are certified. This panel of legal experts will examine election law in pivotal states and assess the merits of ongoing challenges to the voting process and results. Read more

Congressional Power to Guarantee State Democracy

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2020 15:10:00 -0800

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Federal Three-Judge Panel Cites Professor B. Cover's Recent Article on Partisan Gerrymandering

Posted Tue, 07 May 2019 09:34:00 -0700

In an opinion issued today striking down Ohio’s congressional districting map, a federal three-judge panel cited Professor Benjamin Plener Cover’s article on partisan gerrymandering, published last year in the Stanford Law Review. Read more

College of Law

Physical Address:
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Main Office: 208-885-2255
Admissions: 208-885-2300
Legal Clinic: 208-885-6541
Office of the Dean: 208-364-4620

Fax: 208-885-5709

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Physical Address:
514 W Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051

Phone: 208-364-4560

Fax: 208-334-2176

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu