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Voting Rights as a Racial Justice Issue: A Conversation with Wasserstein Fellow Leah Aden, Deputy Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

October 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Always a contentious issue, voting rights are taking center stage in the 2020 election. To help us understand what’s at stake and the inextricable link between voting rights and justice issues, please join Wasserstein Fellow Leah Aden, Deputy Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund as she discusses her work as a civil rights litigator what she is doing to face these issues head-on.

Leah currently serves as Deputy Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). Since joining LDF in 2012, Leah has used litigation, legislative, policy, and public education strategies to ensure that Black people have equal access to the political process, economic opportunity, and environmental justice.

Leah successfully represented Black voters in the following statewide cases: South Carolina v. United States, in which a three-judge federal court rejected South Carolina’s request to implement its discriminatory photo identification (ID) law for the 2012 Presidential election; Texas v. Holder, in which a three-judge federal court blocked Texas’s attempt to implement a discriminatory government-issued photo ID measure in 2012; and Veasey v. Perry, a challenge under Section and the U.S. Constitution to Texas’s discriminatory photo ID measure.

Leah has worked with local leaders in other jurisdictions like Beaufort, South Carolina, Columbus, Ohio, and Tennessee to urge jurisdictions to adopt fair redistricting plans that will provide Black voters with the opportunity to elect their preferred candidates. Leah regularly works with allies in numerous states to prepare Black voters to participate in federal, state, and local elections and speaks to media (print and radio), law students, civic and faith-based organizations, sororities, and other audiences about issues related to Black voting rights.

Prior to joining LDF, Leah was a litigation associate in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, having earned the prestigious Fried Frank/LDF Fellowship. She also previously served as a fellow at the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she focused on public education issues, including school desegregation and education adequacy litigation. Leah served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Nixon of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Leah received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and B.A. in History and African-American Studies from Columbia University.

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October 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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