Lydia Quarles is an experienced and talented writer, with publications including legal briefings, case notes, law journal articles, judicial opinions, scholarly publication articles, newsletters, policy and procedure manuals and even several blogs. She literally wrote the book on Disaster Preparedness & Business Continuity Planning as a publication for the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC).


Reapportionment: 201
Variances in population, size of new congressional districts can be substantial

7/12/2009 – (Clarion Ledger) Every decade, following the census, Congress should be reapportioned to reflect population shifts. This is done by a consideration of the same single-member district concepts discussed in “Reapportionment and Redistricting 101” in the newspaper’s May 24 edition. But in the truest sense, congressional reapportionment is quite different.

Congressional reapportionment is based on certain “counting” objectives. For example, the congressional reapportionment requires that the entire population be counted. This includes American citizens, legal aliens, illegal aliens, and individuals who are employed by the Department of Defense and are currently residing out of the country. [Read More] [download PDF]


Reapportionment: 101
After 2010 Census, process begins to divide congressional seats and redraw legislative districts for 2011

5/24/2009 – (Clarion Ledger) As we move into the latter half of 2008, the politicos among us begin to think ahead to reapportionment and redistricting. How has the nation’s population migration of the last decade affected the shape and contour of the United States Congress? Will Mississippi lose another seat? And if so, why?

While congressional realignment – the apportioning of the 385 available U. S. congressional seats among the 50 states – is the fodder of reapportionment, local variations in population contribute to a need for redistricting of state houses. [download PDF]


Senior Policy Analyst at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government WebsiteAs a Senior Policy Analyst at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University, she has published a series of essays titled “Perspectives on Women and Politics” (

Her Stennis Institute blog covers the wide ranging areas of state and local government politics (


When Pigs Fly BLOG - Lydia Quarles“When Pigs Fly” is Lydia’s personal blog, dealing with her perspective on women, gender and politics (





Stennis Institute of Government - State and City Policitics Blog“State and Local Legal Blog” is Lydia’s blog that concentrates on state and local legal issues for communities in Mississippi. (