Lani Guinier, Voting Rights Champion and Former Assistant Attorney General Nominee, Dies at 71

Russell-Brown told CNN that Guinier died peacefully, “surrounded by family and friends.”

Guinier was widely known for his nomination for chief of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in 1993, which was met with a quick rebuke from the Republican Party. their support for affirmative action and consequently failed.
According to him, Guinier worked in the civil rights division of the department before leading the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1980s. Harvard Law School Biography,
Guinier described his voting rights efforts as his “intellectual, professional and spiritual cause”. A statement Friday on the Yale Law School website, He received his JD degree from Yale Law School in 1974: Clinton, who graduated in ’73.

At the time of his death, Guinier was a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School, where he was the Bennett Bosky Professor of Law, Emerita. She was the first woman of color to be appointed a tenured professor at the law school.

Sherlyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Reacted to Guinier’s death in a tweet, writing, “A loss that means more to me than words. Civil rights, professor, my mentor, members of our @NAACP_LDF family. A mother of the 1982 amendments to the Voting Rights Act. Scholars of unshakeable genius. Rest in Peace And power, dear Lani.”

According to a Yale Law School statement, Guinier is survived by her husband, son, daughter-in-law, step-daughter, grandson, sisters and nephews.

CNN’s Adrienne Winston contributed to this report.

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