Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- Feb 1, 2018
On February 2, 2018 Gerry Hebert, gave oral testimony before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in North Carolina.
Paul Smith and Marcia Coyle in Conversation: Gerrymandering at the Supreme Court (The National Law Journal)Jan 30, 2018
On January 30, 2018, Paul Smith, CLC Senior Legal Counsel, was interviewed by Marcia Coyle in regards to the current U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering cases.
- Jan 24, 2018
Federal elections are the pillar of our national democracy, and the decennial census is the foundation for those elections and assuring that every person is counted accurately and has fair political representation. That makes the responsibility of the Census Bureau to carry out an accurate and fair census a critical charge. Everything from how we are represented in Congress to community resources for our schools, hospitals, and assistance to veterans depends on reliable and accurate census data. Unfortunately, as our country moves along a shrinking timeline for executing the 2020 census, serious legal concerns are emerging regarding how the Trump administration views Census Bureau leadership. We applaud the letter recently sent by eight leading legal advocacy organizations to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, urging him to ensure a lawful and transparent process for filling leadership vacancies at this vital agency. We echo concerns set out in the letter that the administration’s apparent approach would flout the will of Congress by disregarding federal law and circumventing the Senate’s role in providing advice and consent for a Census Bureau director.
- Jan 23, 2018
American political campaigns are extended crescendos of vitriol. Passions and tempers run high. But at the end of all the viciousness, the citizens cast their votes. They have the right to do so in a place of peaceful contemplation. For tens of millions of Americans who vote in person, the voting process is designed to foster such contemplation. We are able to walk into the polling place without being harassed, thanks to the Supreme Court’s 1992 ruling in Burson v. Freeman that states may bar electioneering within a certain distance from each polling place. We stand in lines together (hopefully very short lines, if the election is administered and resourced properly), and we mark our ballots next to each other. We submit our votes and take our “I Voted” stickers, hoping that our preferred candidates will be victorious, but willing in any event to accept the collective judgment of our fellow citizens — the very people with whom we just stood in line.
- Jan 23, 2018
CLC Senior Director, Walter Shaub appeared on C-SPAN in regards to Donald Trump's decision to maintain control of his business operations while in office.