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The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

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Wednesday, March 30 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Hot Topics in Voting Rights *

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Voting rights issues are in a state of flux. The U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act in 2013 and will hear a case this term focused on who gets counted for redistricting purposes. At the same time, some jurisdictions are adopting non-traditional registration and voting models. This panel will discuss some of the hot topics of the day, including automatic voter registration, vote centers, the aftermath of Supreme Court's Shelby County decision, and the pending Evenwel case on redistricting.

Advancing Justice - LA is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. Pre-determined MCLE credits are being provided for this activity. Please note that 0.5 hours of MCLE credit are approved for California State Bar members only.

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Deanna Kitamura

Project Director, Voting Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Deanna Kitamura is the Voting Rights Project Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She works on issues related to language access and voter protection and co-authored Voices of Democracy: Asian Americans and Language Access During the 2012 Elections. From 2009-2012, Kitamura was the Statewide Redistricting Manager at Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and advocated to keep Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific... Read More →

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Rosalind Gold

Senior Director, Policy, Research and Advocacy, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund
Rosalind Gold serves as Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy with National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, where she has worked for more than two decades on policy analysis and research for the organization’s Latino civic engagement efforts. Gold has extensive expertise in the areas of naturalization, voting rights, redistricting and the Census. Gold has also served on the advisory... Read More →
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Denise Hulett

National Senior Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Denise Hulett, National Senior Counsel at Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), has been litigating civil rights cases for 30 years in the areas of voting rights, immigrant rights and employment discrimination. Formerly MALDEF’s National Redistricting Director, she directed MALDEF’s outreach, legislative advocacy, and litigation in connection with state and local redistricting in several states, including... Read More →
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Lori Shellenberger

Voting Rights Director, American Civil Liberties Union of California
Lori Shellenberger directs the American Civil Liberty Union’s California Voting Rights Project, which advocates for statewide and local election reform to reduce barriers to voter participation. Since joining the ACLU in 2011, she has advocated for the mapping of the first majority-minority supervisor district in San Diego County; advocated for the successful transition from at-large to district elections in multiple local jurisdictions... Read More →
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Sean Young

Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Sean J. Young is a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project. He has been actively involved in litigating cases around the country challenging discriminatory voter identification requirements, cutbacks to early voting and same-day registration, and other attempts to make it harder to vote. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was a judicial law clerk for Judge Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for... Read More →