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Human Rights Implications of SCOTUS Decisions in the 2013 Term

Tuesday July 9, 2013

12-1:30pm ET

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law held an online briefing to examine the human rights implications of key decisions from the US Supreme Court's 2013 Term. The session examined how recent SCOTUS decisions on Voting Rights, Affirmative Action and Same-Sex Marriage impact U.S. adherence to its human rights obligations. This briefing was free and open to the public.

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Program Agenda

Voting Rights:
Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General et al. with David Gespass

David Gespass is the past President of the National Lawyers Guild. He has also served as editor-in-chief of the Guild Practitioner (now NLG Review), the Guild's intellectual journal. He was a founder and steering committee member of the Military Law Task Force and has been a member of the advisory board of the National Police Accountability Project since its founding in 1999.  Most recently, he has filed an amicus brief focusing on human rights law filed in the Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General et al. Supreme Court case.

Affirmative Action:
Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al. with Connie de la Vega

Connie de la Vega is Professor and Academic Director of International Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She established the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic at USF and is a founding member of Human Rights Advocates. She writes extensively on international human rights law and participates in United Nations human rights meetings. She has submitted amicus briefs detailing international law standards to U.S. courts for juvenile death penalty and affirmative action cases, including Roper v. Simmons and Graham v. Florida, and most recently she filed an amicus brief for Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al.

Same-Sex Marriage:
Dennis Hollingsworth et al., v. Kristin M. Perry et al. and United States v. Windsor with Nancy Polikoff

Nancy Polikoff is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches in the areas of family law, civil procedure, and sexuality and the law. She was successful counsel in In re M.M.D., the 1995 case that established joint adoption for lesbian and gay couples in the District of Columbia, and Boswell v. Boswell, the 1998 Maryland case overturning restrictions on a gay noncustodial father’s visitation rights. In her presentation, Prof. Polikoff will reference the Inter American Court of Human Rights Case of Atala Riffo and Children v. Chile (Feb 12, 2012).

The online briefing will be moderated by Lauren E. Bartlett, Director of the Center's Local Human Rights Lawyering Project.