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Event with John Lewis marks 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Emory Report | Aug. 4, 2015

The 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act will be marked with an event featuring civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Monday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. in Tull Auditorium of Emory Law School.

Sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association and hosted by Emory Law, the event includes a discussion on voting rights moderated by CNN news anchor Fredricka Whitfield with the following panelists: 

  • Debo Adegbile, counsel in U.S. Supreme Court case Shelby County v. Holder and partner at Wilmer Hale
  • Barbara Arnwine, executive director emerita of The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Jason Carter, former Georgia state senator and partner at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP
  • Anne W. Lewis, Georgia Republican Party general counsel and partner at Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP
  • Sam Olens 83L, Georgia Attorney General, who received Emory Law's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a conversation between Lewis and civil rights attorney Fred Gray, moderated by Monica Kaufman Pearson.

Lewis received an honorary doctor of law from Emory in 2014. In April, Emory Law announced in the establishment of the John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice.

A reception will be held at 5:15 p.m.

There is a charge of $30 to attend, with pre-registration required, as seating is limited. Contact the Atlanta Bar Association at 404-521-0781 or email Denisha Wise. Members of the bar can register online.