Past Event

Elections and Human Rights Series: Ensuring an Equal Right to Vote

September 30, 2020
12:10 PM - 1:30 PM
Scholars and practitioners will discuss key barriers to voting rights and various tactics for ensuring the right vote. What are the main barriers to voting rights in the United States? What are some key successes and tactics for ensuring the right to vote? For Zoom login information, please register here: Moderator: Liz Jaff, President and Co-Founder, Be a Hero Panelists: -Sylvia Albert, Director of Voting and Elections, Common Cause -Adriel Cepeda, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Confirmed -Ruth Greenwood - Lecturer in law; Co-Director of Voting Rights and Redistricting at the Campaign Legal Center, Harvard University -Fred McBride - Redistricting and Voting Rights Policy Specialist, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law -Lisa Schur, Director, Program for Disability Research, Rutgers Bios: -Sylvia Albert, Director of Voting and Elections, Common Cause. Sylvia Albert works with national staff and Common Cause state offices to press for reforms that expand access to the ballot for eligible voters and promote fair representation in our democracy. Sylvia brings more than a decade of professional experience in public interest law and public policy campaigns expanding ballot access, reducing barriers to participation, and combating voter intimidation among historically disenfranchised communities. She has also done extensive work on fair housing issues serving as a program analyst and an advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the Obama Administration. Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. -Adriel Cepeda Derieux, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union. Adriel Cepeda is a senior staff attorney in the ACLU Voting Rights Project. Adriel litigates voting rights cases nationwide, including challenges to unlawful voter purges and discriminatory barriers to voting. Adriel also focuses on issues related to the census, minority vote dilution, and the disenfranchisement of residents of non-state jurisdictions like Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories. Before joining the ACLU, Adriel was litigation counsel in private practice at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Adriel also served as a judicial law clerk, first to Judge Juan R. Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and then to Judge Theodore A. McKee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Adriel received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor for the Columbia Law Review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Williams College. -Fred McBride, Redistricting and Voting Rights Policy Specialist, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Fred McBride has been involved in voting rights for approximately 20 years. The focus of his work is mainly quantitative and qualitative research in redistricting and voting rights law. Fred served as the Redistricting Coordinator/Research Analyst for the Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union for over 12 years, and has served as senior staff member for various voting rights organizations. He analyzed and drew redistricting plans for elected officials, civic groups, organizations, and citizens, and evaluated election returns performing statistical analyses to determine voting behavior patterns. To date, Fred has drawn and evaluated redistricting plans, performed racially polarized voting studies and demographic analysis, served as expert witness for several voting rights cases, and presented at redistricting hearings for over 100 jurisdictions in 23 states, and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the Lawyer’s Committee, Fred taught political science at Georgia State University Perimeter College.

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