September 22, 2015
ACS, Campaign Legal Center to Conduct Voting Rights Training at Georgetown Law Center
Caroline Fredrickson, Voting Rights Institute
Washington, D.C. – In ongoing efforts to train lawyers to protect voting rights in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2013 opinion gutting a major enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act, ACS in partnership with the Campaign Legal Center and Georgetown University Law Center will conduct a training on Sept. 25 led by some of the nation’s leading experts in voting rights law. The training is the third one conducted this year. On Oct. 2 at the National Press Club an event will be conducted announcing Georgetown Law Center as the home of future voting rights training sessions.
ACS President Caroline Fredrickson said the voting rights sessions are increasingly important as state lawmakers ratchet up their efforts to place onerous restrictions on voting.
As we have seen in North Carolina and Ohio there are concerted, albeit misguided, efforts by politicians to limit the franchise, by making it more difficult for minorities, the poor, the elderly, college students and many others to vote. In no democracy should voting be a difficult exercise. But far too many states are trying to make it so by limiting early voting, creating strict voter ID rules; making voting a time-consuming, expensive endeavor for too many people. The Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder exacerbated this problem, propelling more state lawmakers to join an ignoble campaign to create stringent voter ID laws and voting policy.
We are proud to partner with the Campaign Legal Center and Georgetown Law to equip attorneys with the knowledge they need to pursue successful legal action under a weakened Voting Rights Act. The law was not destroyed, it retains other provisions like Sec. 2 that still provide voters the ability to challenge and overcome some of the hurdles being placed before them and the ballot box.
Those leading the Sept. 25 training are:
· Jessica Amunson, partner, Jenner & Block
· Chad Dunn, Brazil & Dunn
· Anita Earls, Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
· Julie Fernandes, Open Society Foundations; ACS Board member
· Gerry Hebert, Executive Director & Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
· Paul M. Smith, Partner, Jenner & Block; ACS Board member
WHAT: Voting Rights Litigation Training
WHEN: Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – noon.
WHERE: Georgetown University Law Center, Hotung 1000, 550 1st Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
RSVP: The event is free to media. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not with the media, but wish to attend the training, please contact Zack Gima, director of strategic engagement for ACS, at email@example.com or 202-393-6181.
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