Meet The Voting Rights Heavy-Hitters That Biden Has Picked To Lead DOJ

Talking Points Memo

Karlan, the Biden appointee who is already at the department as the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, has shown herself to be particularly adept in navigating challenging legal circumstances. “She’s got great judgment, she also knows how to litigate cases, not just [be in] academia,” said Gerry Hebert, a lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center who spent several decades in the DOJ’s voting section. “It’s a big leg up to have someone like that.” Even with a renewed embrace of voting rights enforcement, the department — as it faces the first redistricting cycle without a fully functioning VRA as well as a new push for restrictive election laws — will have  important decisions to make. 

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