Shelby County v. Holder

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Earle Mack School of Law
3320 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

In Shelby County v. Holder, the Roberts Court rendered nugatory the preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act. This, despite the fact that Congress passed the VRA in furtherance of its duty under the 15th amendment to "enact by appropriate legislation" the American ideal of universal voter enfranchisement. Professor Kermit Roosevelt, will discuss this fascinating tension, and tell how the Shelby case has affected Congress's role in protecting the rights of voters.