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Voting Rights, Election Law Expert to Lead VLS Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

January 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —
CONTACT: Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
Office: 802-831-1318, cell: 603-738-8487, home: 603-795-4764, pglenshaw@vermontlaw.edu

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., Jan. 14, 2014—Professor Gilda Daniels, a nationally recognized voting rights and election law expert, will lead Vermont Law School’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance. The campus celebration and presentation will take place from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Jonathon B. Chase Community Center, and will be free and open to the public.

An associate professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Daniels teaches critical legal theory, election law, and civil procedure. She speaks on these themes nationally, drawing on her experience as a deputy chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, under the Clinton and Bush administrations.

Daniels’ scholarship focuses on the intersections of race law and democracy. Her law review articles have appeared in Cardozo Law Review, Indiana University Law Review (Indianapolis), Denver Law Review, and New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Her writings have also been published in the Huffington Post and various other media outlets.

“We are thrilled to have Professor Daniels speak at our Martin Luther King Jr. Observance,” said Shirley A. Jefferson, associate dean for Student Affairs & Diversity at Vermont Law School. “Our students and the greater Vermont Law School community will benefit from her expertise on key voting issues.”

Daniels has specialized in voting rights and election law for nearly 20 years. She has litigated voting rights cases under the Voting Rights Act, including those involving single and multimember districts, minority language requirements and compliance with other voting rights statues, such as National Voter Registration Act. She has also conducted settlement negotiations and sought legislative remedies. She has testified before U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees on voting rights and election law issues.

A sought-after consultant and expert, as well as a frequent contributor to media and conference panels, Daniels lectures on voter issues at universities and to various organizations ranging from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Constitution Society to her local church. Prior to beginning her voting-rights career, she was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights, representing death-row inmates and bringing prison condition cases in Georgia and Alabama. She clerked in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, with Judge Joseph W. Hatchett and is a graduate of New York University of School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Scholar, and Grambling State University. She is a native of Louisiana and currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

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