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Symposium to explore Shelby County v. Holder

February 24, 2014

Photo of the U.S. Supreme Court buildingThe NIU Law Review Symposium will explore “Shelby County v. Holder: A New Perspective on Voting Rights” from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Holmes Student Center.

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

Since that time, the constitutionality of the VRA has been challenged on numerous occasions. In 2013, however, the United States Supreme Court ruled Section 5 of the VRA to be unconstitutional in the case of Shelby County v. Holder.

Leading scholars from across the country will discuss the effects of the Shelby County case and what it means for the future of voting rights in Illinois and across the country.

Symposium presenters include J. Christian Adams, associate dean Deborah N. Archer, professor Gilda R. Daniels, professor Aderson Francoiś, Saby Ghoshray, Jon M. Greenbaum, Marissa Liebling, professor Lawrence Schlam, Ilya Shapiro, Samuel Spital, Joshua Thompson. Peter N. Kirsanow from the United States Commission on Civil Rights is the featured speaker.

The $35 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch; 4.25 Minimum Continuing Legal Education hours are available. Half-day options also are offered. Registration is available online.

For more information, email [email protected].