Politics, Elections, Voter Intimidation And The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Cleveland Lawyers Chapter
Start : Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:45 AM
End : Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave., Second Floor
Cleveland, OH 44115


  • J. Christian Adams, Former Counsel at the United States Department of Justice, Voting Rights Section

In the past two presidential elections, voting rights has been a very important and controversial issue in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and nationally. There have been claims of voter intimidation, voter fraud and other types of election misconduct. Last year the United States Justice Department prosecuted a case of alleged voter intimidation titled United States v. New Black Panther Party. The United States obtained a default judgment, which the Department of Justice subsequently dismissed. J. Christian Adams was the attorney prosecuting that matter and resigned in protest.

Mr. Adams will discuss Section 11(B) of the Voting Rights Act and its impact on our elections. He will instruct us on the private rights of actions available for some of these laws and how local practitioners can use these laws. He will also discuss which areas are enforced and which are not, including: the "Motor Voter Law" (welfare office registration - enforced), Section 8 of "Motor Voter Law" (dead people on roles/list maintenance - not enforced), Section 4(E) - (foreign language ballot priority in Cuyahoga County - enforced) and UOCAVA (military voting laws - not enforced).

Mr. Adams served in the Voting Rights section at the Department of Justice from 2005 to 2010. Prior to that he served as general counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State and was in private practice in Virginia. He is currently in private practice in Virginia. He received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a BA in English from West Virginia University. He is member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.


Registration details: RSVP: David C. Tryon, Esq.
President, Cleveland Lawyers' Chapter
(216) 443-2560,

COST: $14 (Includes buffet lunch)

Application for 1.0 Hour of CLE Pending