Pace Law School Prof. Randolph McLaughlin, a leading voting rights expert, is available to speak to the media about Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech Tuesday evening on voting rights. Prof. McLaughlin has litigated major voting rights cases for more than 20 years.
About Prof. McLaughlin:
- Represented the plaintiffs at the trial and appellate levels in Goosby v. Town of Hempstead, the landmark case in the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that set the standard for voting rights challenges to at-large election systems
- Former director of Pace Law School’s Social Justice Center, which during the state’s last redistricting effort, developed a plan for non-partisan redistricting under a grant from the Ford Foundation. The plan served to educate members of the community, so they could advocate for themselves.
- Represented plaintiffs in voting rights cases against the City of New Rochelle and the Village of Port Chester
- Has written scholarly articles concerning the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Prof. McLaughlin on voting rights:
“The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been the greatest tool in the civil rights arsenal to ensure and guarantee equal access to the ballot by racial and language minorities. In recent years, there has been a pushback by various conservative groups to roll back that statute and render it ineffective and useless. So far, the U.S. Supreme Court has resisted that effort. However, with the recent Texas redistricting case that the Court will consider, the Voting Rights Act is once again under attack by conservative groups—and perhaps the Court itself. We welcome Attorney General Eric Holder’s strong position that we need to ensure and protect the voting rights of all citizens and not disenfranchise voters under new ingenious devices designed to frustrate the franchise.”
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