November 06, 2019

ABA to host program on State of Voting Rights Nov. 8 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2019 — With the 2020 general election less than a year away, voting rights is the focus of the American Bar Association program, “Fourth Annual State of Voting Rights,” on Friday, Nov. 8, at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C.

The free program, sponsored by the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, is part of the section’s 2019-2020 Fair Elections and Voting Rights Initiative that was recently launched. The fifth iteration of the program will take place in April 2020, in conjunction with ABA Day and the Section’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Legal experts will analyze new state laws and the attempts and threats to restrict the right to vote. Ongoing voting rights litigation, gerrymandering, and potential issues surrounding the 2020 general election will be discussed.

What:  
Fourth Annual State of Voting Rights presented
by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

When: 
Friday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Where:
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1330 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

The moderator for the discussion is Jason A. Abel, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and the lead for the firm’s political law and campaign finance practice. Speakers include: Gilda R. Daniels, associate professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, who also served as a deputy chief in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Voting Section in the Clinton and Bush administrations; Julie Marie Houk, managing counsel, Election Protection at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Orion Danjuma, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program.

This event is open to members of the media. For press credentialing, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

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