March 26, 2013

ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter Reviews Arguments In Shelby County V. Holder and Discusses Future of The Voting Rights Act


ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter Reviews Arguments In Shelby County V. Holder and Discusses Future of The Voting Rights Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT:  Katie O’Connor
WHAT:          On March 27, 2013, the Georgia Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society hosts a panel discussion on the recently argued Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder and the future of the Voting Rights Act.  The Supreme Court heard oral argument inShelby County on February 27thThe case, brought by an Alabama county, challenges the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain covered jurisdictions, such as Georgia, to have changes to voting procedures approved by the Department of Justice.  This case comes just four years after the Court reviewed a similar case inNorthwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder.  Voting rights advocates contend that Section 5 has been, and continues to be, a critical tool in combating efforts to disenfranchise minority voters. 
This panel will address how the Justices might rule in this case and what that would mean for voting rights in Georgia and across the country.
  • Nancy Abudu, Senior Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union.

  • Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

  • Michael S. Kang, Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

  • Ryan Teague, Executive Counsel, Office of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

WHEN:          Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
WHERE:       Alston & Bird LLP, 1201 West Peachtree Street, Suite 4200, Williams Room, Atlanta, Georgia
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