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Penn Law Washington Seminar Series: A Dream Realized or Denied

November 08, 2013

On Thursday, October 17 in Washington, D.C., Penn Law hosted a high-level panel attended by a standing room only audience at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, which examined the future of civil rights and voter access in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby v. Holder, overturning a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The panelists discussed if the ruling reflects the reality of access to the ballot today – or if instead it effectively bars millions of minority voters from the polls. 

Michael A. Fitts, Dean of the Law School, served as moderator. Panelists included Michael Smerconish L’87, Host of the The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM as well as an author and MSNBC contributor; Abigail Thernstrom, Vice Chair for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and Adjunst Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Natasha Korgaonkar, Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s Political Participation Group.