June 18, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court’s significant decision on June 17, 2013, in State of Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. and Jesus M. Gonzalez, et al., holding that the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 pre-empts Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship voter registration requirement, adopted the position advocated in an amicus brief the firm filed in the case, on behalf of the League of Women Voters (League). 

The firm has been involved in the case since 2007, when an amicus brief for the League was filed in the case’s first appeal to the Ninth Circuit.  The brief argued that Arizona could not require documentary proof of citizenship as a condition for accepting the federal mail voter registration form.  That position was maintained in amicus briefs through several additional rounds of Ninth Circuit review and, ultimately, in the brief to the Supreme Court. 

The firm’s team that prepared the most recent brief was led by Partner Paul M. Smith and included Partners Michael B. DeSanctis and Jessica Ring Amunson and Associate Esteban M. Morin.  Partner Carrie F. Apfel participated on previous briefs.