September 2017 – Kendall Brill & Kelly LLP Co-founding Partner Laura W. Brill, a certified appellate specialist, and Loyola Law School Professor Justin Levitt served as pro bono counsel on an amicus curiae brief the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 1 in Gill v. Whitford. The high court’s decision on Whitford could impact redistricting efforts nationwide, including the redistricting that will be done at all levels of government after the 2020 Census. The case, on appeal from the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, concerns the limits on partisan gerrymandering.
“Whitford is an extremely important case because it has the potential to set a new standard for partisan gerrymandering claims that will enable minority communities to address these concerns without compromising the ability to also challenge racially gerrymandered districts,” said Janai Nelson, LDF associate director-counsel.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights join LDF as signatories to the brief. Oral arguments will be heard before the Supreme Court on October 3. Read the full brief here.