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The Right to Vote: Access to the Polls from the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to the Elections of 2012

The Honorable Gordon A. Martin, Jr. will be speaking on "The Right to Vote: Access to the Polls from the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to the Elections of 2012."

Martin,served as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court for 20 years. In the early 1990s, he headed the Roxbury District Court in Boston, which handled the most drug, gun, and domestic violence cases in the state. Previously, he was a founding partner of the law firm Martin, Morse, Wylie & Kaplan; commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; chair of Boston's Coordinating Council on Drug Abuse; associate professor at Northeastern University School of Law; special assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy; First Assistant U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts; and a trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

He is an adjunct professor of law at New England School of Law and has been a visiting professor at the law schools of Tulane, San Diego, and the University of Mississippi. He coauthored Civil Rights Litigation: Cases and Perspectives in 1995 and has published articles in a number of law reviews and other publications. His most recent book, Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote (2010) is published by the University Press of Mississippi.

The Robert C. Wood Visiting Professorship in Public and Urban Affairs was established in 1998 at the now John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. Conceived as a vehicle for bringing distinguished public leaders to the campus to lecture and engage students and faculty in discussions of public policy and political life, it links the scholarly pursuits of the McCormack Graduate School with practical problems and policies of the larger society. Each year the professorship is tailored to objectives developed by the McCormack Graduate School in consultation with the honoree, faculty, staff, and others. It is named for Robert Wood, a past president of the University of Massachusetts, U.S. cabinet officer, and professor and senior fellow at the former McCormack Institute of Public Affairs.

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