CLC Executive Director Begins Teaching Voting Rights Course at New York Law School


Today, Campaign Legal Center Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert began teaching a semester-long voting rights class at New York Law School (NYLS).  Through the study of constitutional amendments, Supreme Court jurisprudence and legislative action, including the Voting Rights Act, the course will trace the history of voting rights in the United States.  The course will also examine federal, state and local efforts to restrict voting rights, including new laws passed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.  Under Mr. Hebert’s guidance, students in the class will evaluate pending court cases involving voting rights and determine whether participation in the litigation is appropriate.

"I am honored to be a part of New York Law School with its long and rich tradition of bold and innovative academic excellence,” said Hebert.  “I look forward to providing students with practical experience in actual pending cases to advance the cause of justice in the field of voting rights." 

Founded in 1891, NYLS has been a "vibrant, diverse and forward-thinking center of legal studies" for well over a century.  Early lecturers at the law school included Woodrow Wilson and Charles Evans Hughes. Notable alumni are vast in number and include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, poet Wallace Stevens, and Justice Emilio Nunez, the first Latino to be named to the bench in New York State.