Voting Rights Symposium - Defending Voting Rights through State Legislative and Administrative Advocacy

On March 19, 2015 ACS hosted the Symposium on Voting Rights in the States. Experts discussed the new state of voting rights in a day long symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. The second panel of the day considered how voting rights advocates could use legislative and administrative advocacy to protect voting rights. 
 
The panel featured: 
 
Eileen O'Connor, Senior Counsel, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Kathay Feng, Executive Director, California Common Cause; National Redistricting Director, Common Cause
Bret Healy, Consultant, National Congress of American Indians
Marissa Liebling, Legislative Counsel, Just Vote Illinois
Tram Nguyen, Co-Executive Director, Virginia New Majority
 

2015 Student Convention - Voting Rights Institute Panel

The landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 is one of the most successful civil rights laws in our nation’s history, and remains an important piece of national legislation. This training aimed to provide attendees with the tools and tips necessary to become active members of the voting rights bar. This training provided an overview of voting rights law including Section 5: Shelby County v. Holder, Section 2: Voter ID & Redistricting, and constitution claims illustrated by Crawford v. Marion County Board of Elections. It covered race & voting, litigation strategies, Photo ID cases, new theories found in cases like White v. Regester & Lario, and careers in Election Law and Voting Rights.
 
Featuring: 
 
Gary Bledsoe – President, Texas NAACP
Wendy Davis – former Texas State Senator
Chad Dunn – Partner, Brazil & Dunn
Martin Golando – General Counsel, Mexican American Legislative Caucus
Gerry Hebert – Executive Director and Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
David Richards – Senior Counsel, Richards Rodriguez & Skeith LLP

Voting Rights Institute Training

The landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 is undoubtedly one of the most successful civil rights laws in our Nation’s history, and remains an important piece of national legislation that is still relevant today. However, the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder effectively nullified the Act’s special preclearance provisions. As a result, until Congress amends the Act, voting rights litigation will be the only path available to minority voters seeking to protect their rights against discriminatory voting laws.

On October 8, 2014, the American Constitution hosted a half-day training program at the Miami Voting Rights Training Institute, taught by some of the most respected voting rights practitioners in the country. This training's goal was to arm attendees with the tools and tips necessary to become active members of the voting rights bar and provide an opportunity for new and returning members of the voting rights community to meet and strategize about the challenges to come. 

Panel discussion included: 

  • Nancy Abudu, Director of Legal Operations , ACLU of Florida
  • Neil Bradley, Former Associate Director at ACLU Voting Rights Project
  • Chad Dunn, Partner, Brazil & Dunn
  • Gerry Hebert, Executive Director & Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
  • Franita Tolson, Betty T. Ferguson Professor of Voting Rights, Florida State University College of Law

Redistricting in 2011

On Friday, June 17, 2011 ACS hosted a panel on redistricting in 2011, featuring:

  • Kristen Clarke, Co-Director, Political Participation Group, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Gilda R. Daniels, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • R. Keith Gaddie, Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma
  • J. Gerald Hebert, Executive Director and Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
  • Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Acting Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Nina Perales, Director of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund