Last updated on: 2/14/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Roger Clegg, JD Biography

Title:
President and General Counsel at the Center for Equal Opportunity
Position:
Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“We have certain minimum, objective standards of responsibility, trustworthiness, and commitment to our laws that we require of people before they are entrusted with a role in the solemn enterprise of self-government. And so we don’t allow everyone to vote: not children, not noncitizens, not the mentally incompetent, and not people who have been convicted of committing serious crimes against their fellow citizens.

The right to vote can be restored, but it should be done carefully, on a case-by-case basis, once a person has shown that he or she has really turned over a new leaf.”

“Eric Holder’s Call for Felon Reenfranchisement,” nationalreview.com, Feb. 12, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Contributing Editor, National Review Online
  • Vice President and General Counsel, National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 1993-1997
  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), 1991-1993
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, USDOJ, 1987-1991
  • Assistant to the Solicitor General, USDOJ, 1985-1987
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, USDOJ, 1984-1985
  • Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, USDOJ, 1984
Education:
  • JD, Yale University Law School, 1981
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should People with Felony Convictions Be Permitted to Vote while in Prison?
  2. Does the US Congress Have Authority to Legislate the Enfranchisement of People with Felony Convictions in Federal Elections?
  3. Does the Argument of No Taxation without Representation Justify Reenfranchising People with Felony Convictions?
  4. Should People with Felony Convictions Automatically Regain the Right to Vote after Their Full Sentence Is Served?
  5. Does the Social Contract Theory Present a Valid Reason for the Disenfranchisement of People with Felony Convictions?
  6. Are Laws That Disenfranchise People with Felony Convictions a Form of Racial Discrimination?