Current Experiences With, and the Future of, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

The Birmingham Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00 PM
End : Thursday, May 24, 2012 01:30 PM

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The Summit Club
1901 Sixth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL


  • Brendan Morrissey, Associate, Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC

Brendan Morrissey of Wiley Rein LLP will discuss current preclearance litigation under and constitutional challenges to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Topics covered will include a brief history of Shelby County’s constitutional challenge to Section 5, an overview of the Florida, South Carolina, and Texas preclearance/constitutional litigation pending in district court, and a discussion of the possibility that one or more of these cases will present the Supreme Court with the issue of the constitutional validity of Section 5 next Term.

About the Speaker:
Brendan Morrissey is an Associate with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC. His practice includes a broad spectrum of federal district court and appellate litigation, including in the areas of telecommunications, government contracts, and voting rights. His voting rights experience includes the current representation of Shelby County, Alabama in its constitutional challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the State of Florida in its preclearance and constitutional litigation, and the filing amicus curiae briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, Riley v. Kennedy, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder, and Perry v. Perez.

Registration details:

Cost: $15 for lunch (Please pay at the door and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society”)

RSVP: by Monday, May 21, 2012, to Carolyn Adkins at or (205) 521-8687.

CLE credit has been requested for this event, but has not yet been approved.