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American Constitution Society

May 7: Voting Rights Litigation Training Program

The American Constitution Society and the Campaign Legal Center have teamed up to sponsor a Voting Rights Litigation Training Program on Thursday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP.  Please see below (or the attached flyer) for the link to register.

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 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.

Help respond to this voting rights crisis by joining the American Constitution Society in a half-day training program, taught by some of the most respected voting rights practitioners in the country. This training will arm attendees with the tools and tips necessary to become active members of the voting rights bar, and will provide an opportunity for new and returning members of the voting rights community to meet and strategize about the challenges to come. We need you to be part of the next generation of voting rights defenders.

Faculty will include:

  • Jessica Amunson, Partner, Jenner & Block
  • Gerry Hebert, Executive Director & Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
  • Dale Ho, Director, ACLU Voting Rights Project
  • Paul Smith, Partner, Jenner & Block

If you have questions about this training, please contact Jill Dash, vice president of strategic engagement for the American Constitution Society, at jdash@acslaw.org or at 202-393-6181.

To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/ChicagoVRI

 

 

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