Join OPIA for a community discussion with Wasserstein Fellow and leading voting rights expert, Gerry Hebert, whose career includes nearly two decades in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and another two decades directing the Campaign Legal Center. Given the daunting challenges of the current political moment, students might rightfully question how to best use their law degree to effectively advance civil rights. Gerry will discuss pathways to impactful public service in government, nonprofit organizations, and private practice, as well as provide insights into how students can best position themselves to challenge regressive voting policies and preserve our democracy.
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Gerry Hebert is currently a solo practitioner in Alexandria, Virginia who specializes in voting rights, election law, civil rights, and redistricting. From 2004 to 2022, he served in various roles at the Campaign Legal Center, including Executive Director and Director of Litigation (2005-2018), and Senior Director of the Voting Rights and Redistricting programs (2018-2022). From 1973 to 1994, Gerry served in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. During his first five years at DOJ, he prosecuted school desegregation cases in the Education Section; the next fifteen years were in the Voting Rights Section dedicated to the prosecution of numerous cases under the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws relating to voting and elections. In addition to his private practice, Gerry has taught voting rights, election law, and campaign finance courses at Georgetown University Law Center, American University’s Washington College of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law, and New York Law School.
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