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Echoes of the Civil Rights Movement: Shelby County v. Holder


Date:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time:
4:00PM-5:00PM
Location:
G90 (Total Room Capacity:149)
Speaker(s):
Professor Janai Nelson, Associate Professor of Law and the Associate Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law
Open To:
All
Contact:
Russell Heller
9173757431

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder on February 27 on the constitutionality of Section Five of the Voting Rights Act, which requires certain states and communities with a history of voter discrimination to obtain federal permission for any changes to voting procedures. While the Court has previously called Voting Rights Act the most effective civil rights law in American history, in 2009 it suggested that Section Five "must be justified by current needs," prompting the current suit. Join the Cornell chapter of the American Constitution Society the day before in welcoming Professor Janai Nelson, Associate Professor of Law and the Associate Director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law, to CLS for a discussion of the case and its potential implications. Co-sponsored by the GPSAFC.