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Racial Justice Series - Setback Summer Part 1 - Voting Rights After Shelby County


November 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 180


In the words of congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, the Supreme Court has "put a dagger in the heart" of the Voting Rights Act. In one of the most controversial opinions from a controversial court, section four of the act, providing the coverage formula for states that must seek Department of Justice preclearance for changes to voting laws, was struck down.  Come hear two reknowned constitutional scholars and experts on voting law and administraiton discuss the case, its implications for upcoming elections, and legislative and litigation strategy going forward.

Pamela Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest law, is an expert on voting and the political process. She has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She co-directs the Stanford Supreme Cout Litigation Clinic.

Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law, is a non-partisan expert on the law of democracy, including voting rights, political parties, campaign finance and redistricting. Professor Persily joined the faculty this year. He previously taught at Columbia University.