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LDF Special Counsel on The Cycle: "We should be trying to figure out how we can bring more people into the democracy," not trying to shut them out3/10/13
On March 8, LDF Special Counsel, Debo Adegbile, talked with The Cycle hosts on MSNBC about Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the current challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. According to Mr. Adegbile, Section 5, the heart of the Voting Rights Act, helps ensure a more inclusive democracy. With Mr. Adegbile defending the constitutionality of Section 5 on behalf of six African-American voters, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case on February 27.
A recent editorial spotlights how being too poor to hire a lawyer in a criminal felony case should not be a barrier to counsel; one must be provided freely by the jurisdiction as the Supreme Court ruled 50 years ago in Gideon v. Wainwright. However, jurisdistions have found ways to shirk this responsibility to the detriment of those who have no other recourse.
LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill was named by the American Constitution Society of as one 13 Top Women of Color to Watch in 2013.
Director of LDF's Criminal Justice Project to Participate in Paris, France, Bar Conference on International Women's Day3/04/13
Christina Swarns, Director of LDF’s Criminal Justice Project, has been invited by Christiane Féral-Schuhl, the President of the Paris Bar, to participate in the upcoming Paris Bar Conference, “Ces Femmes Qui Portent La Robe – Femmes Engages, Femmes de Réseau” (“These Women Who Wear the Robe – Women Engaged, Women Networking”). This event will take place on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2013, at La Maison du Barreau in Paris.
LDF Special Counsel Debo Adegbile and Assistant Counsel Dale Ho Appear on Up w/ Chris Hayes to Discuss the Current Challenge to the Voting Rights Act3/04/13
NAACP LDF Special Counsel Debo Adegbile and Assistant Counsel Dale Ho recently appeared on Up w/ Chris Hayes to discuss the current challenge to the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.