The modern day voting rights movement was born out of the precipitous clash of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the American legal system. Through marches and sit-ins, activists pushed America to live up to the values expressed in her Declaration, ultimately leading to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
For almost 20 years, these provisions were used to expand voting rights for black Americans in various states. Yet, their very expansiveness raised serious constitutional questions over states’ rights and the equality of states.
Joining us to discuss these important questions and more are two leading practitioners of election law.
Debo Adegbile is Partner and Co-Chair of the Anti-Discrimination Practice at WilmerHale. He currently serves as a commissioner on the US Commission on Civil Rights, appointed by President Obama in 2016 Debo argued Shelby County v. Holder and Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One (NAMUDNO) v. Holder before the Supreme Court.
Will Consovoy is Parter at Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC law firm. He represented Shelby County, AL in the Shelby County case. He also filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Project of Fair Representation in Veasey v. Abbott, in support of defendants.
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