HNBA JOINS AMICUS BRIEF IN VOTING RIGHTS CASE OFSHELBY COUNTY v. HOLDER

HNBA JOINS AMICUS BRIEF IN VOTING RIGHTS CASE OFSHELBY COUNTY v. HOLDER

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2013

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) joined MALDEF and LatinoJustice/PRLDEF in filing an amicus brief in the case of Shelby County v. Holder. The brief argues that the Supreme Court should affirm the Court of Appeals decision to uphold Section 5 of the Voters Rights Act. This matter will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court later this month.

“The Shelby case represents another constitutional challenge to the Voting Rights Act,” said HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. “In particular, this case challenges Section 5 of the Act, which protects voters from discrimination in jurisdictions where there are efforts to deny them the right to vote based on race or ethnicity. Unfortunately, discrimination in voting that is based on race is well-documented and still occurs today. This Act provides vital protection to prevent this from occurring.”

The brief is available for viewing here.

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding four decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.

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