Cases & Deals

Dr. Abigail Thernstrom and former DOJ officials support Northwest Austin as amici curiae in important Voting Rights Act case before the Supreme Court

Clients Dr. Abigail Thernstrom; Joel Ard; Karl S. Bowers, Jr.; Robert N. Driscoll; William Bradford Reynolds; Hans A. von Spakovsky

In February 2009, Jones Day filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Dr. Abigail Thernstrom, who is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and five former Justice Department officials.  The brief argued that changes Congress made to the preclearance requirement when it reauthorized Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in 2006 violate the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendment.  While the Supreme Court did not ultimately reach this issue, it warned that Section 5's "past success alone . . . is not adequate justification to retain the preclearance requirement[]" and this requirement "imposes current burdens [that] must be justified by current needs."

Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, 557 U.S. 193 (2009)