Debo Adegbile lends his voice in a New York Times
Op-Doc entitled "Supreme Court v. the American Voter,"
part of a series of documentaries produced by the New York
Times designed to present a unique point of view via a
creative and engaging medium. The documentary discusses the history
and impact of the Voting Rights Act of 1965—thought by many
to be the nation's most important piece of civil rights
legislation—and where the country currently stands on the
issue of preventing discrimination at the polls.
Mr. Adegbile, currently a partner at WilmerHale, is former
senior counsel to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). In February
2013, while serving as LDF's acting president and director
counsel, he argued before the US Supreme Court in Shelby County
v. Holder (2013)—a case concerning Congress's 2006
re-authorization of the core Section 5 provision of the Voting
Rights Act under the pre-existing coverage formula of Section 4(b)
of the Voting Rights Act, and whether Congress exceeded its
authority under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US
Constitution. This was Mr. Adegbile's second argument before
the Supreme Court. Previously, he defended the constitutionality of
the Voting Rights Act in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility
District Number One v. Holder.
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