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NIU College of Law Law Review Symposium

Emily Fitch, 
Symposium Editor

Shelby County v. Holder: A New Perspective on Voting Rights

April 11, 2014

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which prohibited discriminatory voting practices. Since that time, the constitutionality of the VRA has been challenged on numerous occasions. In 2013, however, the United States Supreme Court ruled Section 4(b) of the VRA to be unconstitutional in the case of Shelby County v. Holder.

Leading scholars from across the country will discuss the effects of the Shelby County case, for which it has received both praise and criticism, along with the implications of this case, and what it means for the future of voting rights in Illinois and across the country.

Topics include enforcing voting rights following Shelby County v. Holder, federalism implications of the Shelby County case, how the Court's decision may alter our interpretation of the Constitution, and the effects of Shelby County on current and future state voting laws.


Emily Fitch
Symposium Editor, NIU Law Review

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