Friday, January 31, 2014 the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy held the Voting Rights Litigation Training at New York Law School. Featured speakers included: Gerry Hebert (Executive Director and Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center), Ezra Rosenberg (Partner at Dechert, LLP), Paul Smith (Partner at Jenner & Block), Juan Cartagena (President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF), Natasha Korgaonkar (NAACP Legal Defense Fund), and Myrna Perez (Deputy Director, Brennan Center for Justice). The video of this event is now available to stream.
All of the speakers discussed various voting rights cases they personally argued, including several cases before the Supreme Court. The main focus of the training was the aftermath of the decision in Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. ____ (2013), where the Court struck down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act. Speakers provided both practical and substantive lessons for how lawyers can and should argue voting rights cases going forward.
Additionally, the American Constitution Society will be hosting their annual National Convention in Washington, DC, June 19-21. More information, including registration, is now available.