Shelby v. Holder is the most significant case of the U.S. Supreme Court term, and perhaps the most significant case in years. It will decide the limits of federal control over state elections and how much the South has changed since 1964. Learn the fact and myths about the case which many believe will strike down one portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
J. Christian Adams is the founder of the Election Law Center Virginia. His 2011 New York Times bestselling book on elections the Voting Rights Act is entitled Injustice. He served from 2005 to 2010 in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice where he brought a wide range of election cases to protect racial minorities in South Carolina, Florida, Texas and Mississippi. He received the Department of Justice award for outstanding service in 2008. In private practice, he most recently represented the Presidential campaigns of Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman in federal court in Virginia and is currently involved in election litigation in Ohio, Florida, Indiana and in Guam. He successfully litigated the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority called United States v. Ike Brown in Mississippi. Prior to his time at the Justice Department, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State. He is legal editor at PJMedia.com, an internet news publication. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.