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Janai Nelson, JD Biography

Title:
Director of the Political Participation Group at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“The issue of disenfranchisement has such an impact on the political power of African Americans that we can not ignore the issue. We have to make a change to the voting practices that are in place now.”

Interview with the Ashville Global News, June 28, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to felon voting issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to felon voting issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Counsel and Director of the Political Participation Group at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., 2003-Present
  • Fried Frank LDF Fellowship, attorney at Fried Frank LLP and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1998-2003
  • Clerk for the Hon. Theodore McMillian, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1997-1998
  • Clerk for the Hon. David H. Coar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1996-1997
  • Externship with the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1996
  • Articles Editor for the UCLA Law Review, Consulting Editor of the National Black Law Journal and Associate Editor of the UCLA Women’s Law Journal, 1995-1996
  • Recipient, Fried Frank LDF Fellowship, 1998
Education:
  • JD, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, 1996
  • BA, New York University, 1993
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) Apply to Felon Disenfranchisement Laws?