Federalist Society and the Piedmont Triad Lawyers co-sponsor debate over N.C. voter ID laws on Tuesday, Nov. 12

The Wake Forest Law Federalist Society and Piedmont Triad Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society will co-sponsor a debate about North Carolina’s recent changes to voter ID laws on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

“The Constitutionality of North Carolina’s Election Law Reforms” debate between J. Christian Adams of the Election Law Center and Christopher Brook, Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina, will be held from 6 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The debate, which is open to the public, will be moderated by Visiting Professor of Democracy and Constitutional Law at Wake Forest University School of Law Eugene Mazo.

A reception at 6 p.m. will commence the debate and the speakers will begin at 7 p.m.,  said Katelin L. Kennedy (’15), who is organizing the event for the Federalist Society.

Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2005 until 2010. During his time in the Department of Justice, he brought a challenges to protect the rights of racial minorities in South Carolina, Florida, and Texas. He is the author of the New York Times’ best selling book Injustice.

Brook joined the ACLU of North Carolina as its Legal Director in 2012. His practice areas correspond with the ACLU’s civil liberties focus, touching particularly on racial justice and LGBT issues, as well as 1st and 4th Amendment concerns. Since becoming its Legal Director, the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation has challenged state restrictions on reproductive choice, voting rights and the freedom to marry in court.

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.  It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.  The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

More information about the Piedmont Triad Lawyers Chapter is available here.