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Voting Rights Champion to Lead DOJ Division

Former NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney Debo Adegbile has been tapped by the Obama Administration to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights of the US Department of Justice.

President Barack Obama nominate Adegbile, senior counsel for the US Senate Judiciary Committee, to take over as head of the  Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Debo Adegbile

Debo Adegbile

He is best known as the attorney who argued on behalf of preserving the Voting Rights Act before the US Supreme Court. Adegbile defended it twice successfully when it was challenged in 2006 and again this past February before Chief John Roberts; court removed key provisions of the landmark civil rights bill.

Adegbile also represented Hurricane Katrina evacuees in a federal voting rights lawsuit shortly after the storm.

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