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Blog September 27, 2016

A Tribute to Terence Crutcher and Keith Scott

By Andrew Hairston, J.D.   The warm rays of sun welcomed us on to I-40 just as we passed downtown Oklahoma City. My father and I found mutual excitement in the road trip that awaited us. After a summer of preparing for and taking the bar exam, I was particularly enthused about the journey that would lead to the start of my career. Like the sun, the future seemed fairly bright.   Despite these positive feelings, a sense of nervousness also registered in my mind. The primary cause of me being on edge was a reflection on the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Korryn Gaines over the summer. The killings of police officers in Louisiana and Texas certainly didn’t help.   Like many Americans, these losses of life weighed on me heavily. The killings that took place in Baton Rouge especially hit home because I went to law […]

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Lawsuit: Georgia voter registration process violates the law

September 14, 2016

Associated Press

“What Georgia is doing is denying people the ability to make it onto the registration rolls at the outset, which is what’s so problematic about this matching program,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Black voters sue over Alabama’s method of electing judges

September 7, 2016

Associated Press

The lawsuit comes as the nation’s attention turns to voter restrictions and ballot access with only weeks to go before Election Day. A lawsuit filed in Texas this summer on behalf of Latino voters makes similar arguments, saying the large districts used in judicial elections there disenfranchise minorities.

Lawsuit seeks to change method of election for Alabama Supreme Court, 2 other courts

September 7, 2016

AL.com

A voting rights lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to do away with the at-large elections of judges who sit on Alabama’s three appellate courts, including the Alabama Supreme Court. The at-large election system has been racially discriminatory towards African Americans, who make up more than a quarter of the state’s population, according to the lawsuit that suggests election by single-member districts.

Lawsuit targets statewide judicial elections

September 7, 2016

Montgomery Advertiser

WASHINGTON – Alabama’s method of electing appellate judges statewide makes it nearly impossible to elect an African-American, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by civil rights groups.

The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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