North Carolina v. Covington


Jenner & Block Partner Jessica Ring Amunson (Picture) was counsel for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which argued that the state had created 28 legislative districts through unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

The lower court had agreed and ordered the state to run special elections in 2017 to fix the issue. The Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s finding but vacated its order for special elections in response. In its opinion, the Court left open the possibility of special elections to remedy the constitutional violations and remanded for the district court to provide a more detailed balancing of the equities.

This victory was the second positive result for Ms. Amunson in the Supreme Court in a two-week period, with regard to voting rights issues. On May 22, the Court agreed with arguments outlined in an amicus brief co-authored by Ms. Amunson and filed on behalf of several voting rights organizations in Cooper v. Harris. The Court struck down two districts in North Carolina’s congressional map, holding that the state had engaged in unconstitutional racial gerrymanders.

Involved fees earner: Jessica Ring Amunson – Jenner & Block;

Law Firms: Jenner & Block;

Clients: Southern Coalition for Social Justice;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti