Briefing Room


Voting Rights Act at 50

February 16, 2015 | Events

Fifty years have passed since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – a   key piece of legislation that prohibits racial discrimination in voting – was signed into law. Yet, voting rights remains a hot topic today, as the hit  film Selma, which describes protests in Selma, Alabama leading up to the  passage of the act, makes its mark throughout the Hollywood awards season –   and as politicians in Ohio work on legislative redistricting reform. In 2013,  the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act  in Shelby County v. Holder, and debates still rage on the subject.

On March 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in Saxbe Auditorium, Pam Karlan, deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will address the history, legacy, and future of the legislation in ”The Voting Rights Act at 50,” an event presented by The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Kirwan Institute. Karlan, one of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, served as co-director of Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, and is co-author of leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy. She has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and an assistant counsel and former cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Register for the event here.