Last updated on: 4/16/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

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

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?