We applaud and join the growing chorus of business leaders and voting rights advocates calling out the new wave of voter suppression legislation for what it is—the rebirth of Jim Crow. Just Wednesday, dozens of Black business leaders, led by Ken Chenault and Ken Frazier and joined by our own Ted Wells, published a “Memo to Corporate America” in The New York Times, imploring companies across the country to take a stand in support of equality and democracy.
It also is time for lawyers to take a stand. Lawyers in public service and the private bar have played a vital role in reversing a century of overtly racist voting laws that deprived generations of African Americans of the right to vote. It is time again for the legal community to stand up against the renewed, cynical efforts to undermine our Constitution and to fight to protect the voting rights of all Americans.