The AAJ Civil Rights Section presents the Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award, annually, to honor an attorney or a civil rights advocate who has made a noteworthy contribution to the defense of our civil rights and civil liberties bringing, trying, or resolving a suit, or by otherwise protecting or advancing civil liberties, in a way that has had a significant impact.
Bill Sheppard and Sam Jacobson have filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court on behalf of registered voters within the Fourth Judicial Circuit. The lawsuit alleges that the written-in candidacy of Kenny Leigh is a sham designed to close the election primary for the Office of State Attorney to registered Democrats and Independents. The lawsuit seeks to open the primary, which will effectively determine which candidate will be elected to the State Attorney position, to all registered voters.
March is the anniversary month for the famous protest along Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge led by Martin Luther King Jr. in his mission to achieve fair voting rights. Fifty years later, the fight for equality for African-Americans is not over.