National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2013
Contact: Emily Chatterjee
NAPABA CONDEMNS VOTING RIGHTS ACT DECISION
Urges Bipartisan Congressional Action to Protect Voters
WASHINGTON, DC - The National
Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is dismayed by the U.S.
Supreme Court's decision today to strike down Section IV of the Voting
Rights Act in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder. Section IV includes the
coverage formula for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was
reauthorized by Congress as recently as 2006. NAPABA joined an amicus
brief in Shelby County earlier this year that argued in support of
upholding the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.
"The Voting Rights Act has
been a crucial tool in combatting voter discrimination, which
unfortunately continues today," said Wendy C. Shiba, president of
NAPABA. "We are deeply disappointed by the Court's decision in Shelby
County, which does not reflect current realities facing voters,
including vulnerable Asian Pacific American voters. We strongly urge
Congress to act swiftly in a bipartisan manner to develop a new coverage
formula. All Americans who are eligible to vote must be able to do so."
In 2006, the Senate voted 98-0
to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, while the House of
Representatives voted 390-33. The Voting Rights Act was first passed by
Congress in 1965. Prior to today's decision, the Court had previously
upheld the Voting Rights Act four times.
The National Asian Pacific
American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian
Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students.
NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 66 state
and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include
solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service
and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of
government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights
issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its
national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong
voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries,
advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate
hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional
development of people of color in the legal profession.