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The Voting Rights Act at 50: The Progress Won and the Work to be Done
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When: 10/1/2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: New York County Lawyers' Association
14 Vesey Street
2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, New York  10007
United States

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Course Description: 

In honor of its 50th Anniversary, join the New York County Lawyers' Association for a special program focusing on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibited the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on his or her "race, color, or previous condition of servitude," the resistance of states, especially in the South, to enforce the Amendment, coupled with violence and terrorist acts directed toward those who peacefully marched to enforce their rights, finally led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. 

Yet this did not end the story. Learn about the amendments to the law, key decisions interpreting the law and its impact on the disenfranchised. While discussing how far we have come, also understand how much more there is to do in light of recent states’ actions imposing strict voter ID requirements, limits on early voting, out-of-precinct voting and other steps which eliminate or reduce the expanded access to the polls that the law was intended to provide.


Program Co-sponsors: NYCLA’s Federal Courts Committee; NYCLA’s Justice Center

Program Chair: Vince Chang, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP (past AABANY President)

Faculty: Leah Aden, NAACP; Jerry Attamala, Asian Am. Legal Defense Fund, Deborah Archer, NYLS; Randy McLaughlin,  Pace Law School; Additional faculty tba

Attendees will receive CLE course credit:

  • 2 NJ Credits: 2 General
  • 2 NY Credits: 2 PP/LPM; Transitional & Non-Transitional 


  • NYCLA Member Price: $35
  • Non-Member Attorney Price: $55
  • Law Office Staff: $15
  • Public Sector/Non-profit may register under "law office staff" for $15
  • Non-Attorney may attend for FREE (RSVP to

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