Wasserstein Fellow Sophia Lakin, Staff Attorney with the ACLU Voting Rights Project, will discuss voting rights issues in the 2020 election and beyond, including the importance of the Census and redistricting wars that will come following the Supreme Court’s partisan gerrymandering decisions. Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society, the Harvard Law School ACLU chapter, and the Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review. Non-pizza lunch will be provided.
Sophia Lakin is a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. Sophia has active cases combatting voter suppression across the county, including challenges to discriminatory voter identification and registration requirements, unlawful voter roll purges, and minority vote dilution. Her current cases include MOVE Texas v. Whitley, a challenge to a Texas purge process that unlawfully targets naturalized citizens; Fish v. Kobach, a challenge to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s unlawful documentary proof of citizenship requirement for voter registration; and Missouri NAACP v. Missouri, a challenge to Missouri’s failure to provide adequate public education and fund the implementation of the Missouri voter ID requirement. Sophia was a member of the North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory litigation team that successfully challenged North Carolina’s 2013 voter suppression law. Before joining the ACLU, Sophia clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Sophia received her J.D. from Stanford Law School where she was a Public Interest Fellow as well as a member of Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Sophia also received her M.S. in Management Science & Engineering and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.
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