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Co-author, The USERRA Manual (Thompson West, annual editions since 2008) (with Kathryn Piscitelli)
Co-author, "Job Rights of Employees who Serve in the Military: USERRA Rights and Obligations," ATLA Docket (Ark. Trial Lawyers Ass'n), Spring 2008 (with Mary Dryovage and Kathryn S. Piscitelli) [This article has been published in two AAJ newsletters -- Employment Rights Section and Federal Tort and Military Advocacy Section]
Author, “Voting Rights Act of 1965,” “Right to Vote,” “Reynolds v. Sims,” in Encyclopedia of American Law (D. Schultz, ed.) (2002)
Author, “A Simple Agenda for Election Reform,” 50 The National Voter (2001)
Co-author, “Is There a Constitutional Right to Vote and Be Represented? The Case of the District of Columbia,” 48 Am. U. L. Rev. (1999) (edited transcript of conference session)
Co-author, “Alternative Electoral Systems as Voting Rights Remedies,” 18 FEC Journal of Election Administration (1997)
Co-author, “One Person, Seven Votes: The Cumulative Voting Experience in Chilton County, Alabama,” in Affirmative Action and Representation: Shaw v. Reno and the Future of Voting Rights (1997)
Co-author, “Alternative Voting: How it Works,” Voting Rights Review (Spring 1995) [HTML]
Co-author, “Cumulative Voting as a Remedy in Voting Rights Cases,” 84 National Civic Review (1995)
Author, “Alabama,” in The Quiet Revolution: The Impact of the Voting Rights Act in the South, 1965-1990 (1994)
Author, “Symposium: The Supreme Court, Racial Politics, and the Right to Vote: Shaw v. Reno and the Future of the Voting Rights Act,” 44 Am. U. L. Rev. (1994) (edited transcript of conference)
Author, “Cumulative and Limited Voting in Alabama,” in United States Electoral Systems: Their Impact on Minorities and Women (1992)
Author, “The Hunting of the Gerrymander”, 38 UCLA L. Rev. (1991) (review of Political Gerrymandering and the Courts)
Author, “Voluntary Constituencies: Modified At-Large Voting As A Remedy For Minority Vote Dilution In Judicial Elections,” 9 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. (1991)
Author, “Alternatives to Single-Member Districts,” in Davidson and Grofman, eds., Minority Vote Dilution (1984)
Author, "Election Reform Bill Will Add Uniformity to U.S. Voting System," op-ed piece in Birmingham News, 20 October 2002
Author, "State must consider what-ifs in revising election laws," op-ed piece in Birmingham News, 17 November 2002
Edward Still appointed to Alabama Advisory Committee to US Civil Rights Commission
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has appointed 15 Alabama citizens to its Alabama State Advisory Committee.
Kimberly Tolhurst, Delegated the Authority of the Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, announced the appointment of Valerie Askew of Birmingham, Norman Baldwin of Tuscaloosa, David Beito of Northport, Lula Bridges of Notasulga, Margaret Brown of Birmingham, Jim Couch of Tuscumbia, Leida Javier-Ferrell of Mobile, Richard Finley of Birmingham, Randy Kelley of Gadsden, Shana Kluck of Vance, Raphael Maharaj of Mobile, Kevin Newsom of Vestavia Hills, Maurice Shevin of Birmingham, L'Tryce Slade of Birmingham, and Edward Still of Homewood. The Commission appointed Professor David Beito as Chairman. The appointments are for two years and members serve without compensation. -- U.S. Civil Rights Commission Announces Appointments to the Alabama State Advisory Committee -- WASHINGTON, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
SuperLawyers has listed me in its 2008 issue under the categories Civil Rights/First Amendment, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, and Political Law. SuperLawyers describes its three-step selection process here and notes that no more than 5% of attorneys in a state are chosen.
Membership in Legal, Political Science, and Historical Associations
Mr. Still is a member of
- Section of Litigation
- Section of Labor and Employment Law
- Section of Dispute Resolution
- Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities
- Section of Law Practice Management
- Solo Practice & Small Firms Section, board member 2005-present
- Special Projects Committee, member 2004
- Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, chair 2005
- member, Amicus Advisory Council
- charter member and secretrary-treasurer, Alabama affiliate
- member, Task Force on USERRA Regulations (2004)
- Employment Rights Section (member of the Executive Board, 2006-08; treasurer, 2007-08)
- Civil Rights Section
While in Washington, DC, he was a member of the Washington Council of Lawyers and the George Washington American Inn of Court.
Mr. Still is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Southern Historical Association, the Alabama Historical Association, and the Birmingham Historical Society.
Race and Election Reform, June 2001, 12 pages, [PDF]
A summary of the Voting Rights Act, 4 pages, [Word format]
Bailout under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 5 pages, [PDF]
Federal Restrictions on State and Local Campaigns, Political Groups and Individuals, December 2002, 27 pages [PDF]
Candidate Compliance with the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act, February 2003, 4 pages [PDF]
Free and Fair Elections: A Quick Comparison on Election Administration in Florida and Bosnia, 17 pages, conference paper, early 2002, [PDF]
Speaking Engagements -- past
Mr. Still has been a guest lecturer on the history of voting rights litigation and on election methods at the Georgetown University Law Center, University of Virginia School of Law, Washington and Lee University (undergraduate and School of Law), Cumberland Law School, Birmingham-Southern College, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Pomona College, and University of Massachusetts at Boston.
He has also been a panelist or speaker at meetings of the State Conference of NAACP Branches in Alabama (1998), South Carolina (1999), North Carolina (1999), Florida (1999, 2000), Mississippi (1998), and Tennessee (1998); the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (1997); the Southeast Regional NAACP Annual Convention (1998); the Voting Rights Conference of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (1999); American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (1999); the National Conference of State Legislators (1999); the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (2000); the National Election Standards Task Force of the National Association of Secretaries of State (2000); the Congressional Black Associates (2001); the National Association of Counties (2001); the National Association of County Civil Attorneys (2001 and 2002); and the International Municipal Lawyers Association (2001 and 2002); Women in Politics Leadership Institute, University of Alabama (2003); Center for Voting and Democracy, “Training the Trainers” workshop (Atlanta, Georgia) (2003); Alabama Democratic Confernece (2005).
He has been a panelist at several annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, the XIIIth World Congress of the International Political Science Association, an annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, and a conference at the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (at SUNY Buffalo).
Mr. Still has given numerous continuing legal education programs on Supreme Court cases, expert witnesses, federal jurisdiction, and the rights of public employees. He spoke at the Election Law & Litigation program of Fulcrum Information Services, Inc. (2001); the NELA-Georgia CLE conference on “Using the ’Class of One’ Equal Protection Theory in Public Employment Cases” (2005); the National Employment Lawyers Association annual meeting on “USERRA Basic Training for Employment Lawyers,” co-written with Mary Dryovage and Kathleen Piscitelli and presented at the 2005 annual meeting.
Edward Still has practiced in Alabama and Washington, D.C., since 1971. He was in private practice in Tuscaloosa from 1971 until 1975, then in Birmingham until 1997. He was Director of the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a non-profit public interest law firm in Washington, D.C. from 1997 until 2001. He was Special Counsel to Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP in 2001 and 2002. He reopened his Birmingham office in mid-2002.
Mr. Still has served as an adjunct professor at these law schools:
In addition, he has made presentations to numerous continuing legal education programs. Among is most recent is "USERRA Basic Training for Employment Lawyers," co-written with Mary Dryovage and Kathleen Piscitelli and presented at the National Employment Lawyers Association annual meeting, June 2005. He made a presentation on "Class of One" Equal Protection Cases to the NELA Georgia annual CLE meeting in December 2005.
During 2001 and 2002, Mr. Still was Special Counsel to the Washington, D.C. firm, Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP, where he handled redistricting, voting, and campaign finance matters.
From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Still was Director of the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a non-profit public-interest law firm, where he worked on both litigation and public policy issues in the fields of voting rights, redistricting, and Census 2000.
From 1975 to 1997, Mr. Still was in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama, concentrating in voting rights and employment cases.
From 1971 to 1975, Mr. Still was a partner in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama firm of Drake Knowles & Still.
Mr. Still is licensed to practice in Alabama and the District of Columbia, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the Fourth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits, the District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District Courts in Alabama.
He has also been admitted specially for individual cases in many courts, most recently, the Superior Court of Arizona (in Maricopa County), the Supreme Court of Arizona, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
Areas of Concentration
Voting and Redistricting
Edward Still has 30 years of experience in the field of redistricting and voting rights, including six years as general counsel to the Alabama Democratic Party, counsel for several Alabama cities in redistricting matters, representation of former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley in a major election contest, and representation of minority citizens in more than 200 cases under the Voting Rights Act.
He argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Holt Civic Club v. City of Tuscaloosa, 439 U.S. 60 (1978); Hunter v. Underwood, 471 U.S. 222 (1985); and Presley v. Etowah County Commission, 502 U.S. 491 (1992). He has been counsel in many other cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.
He was a member of a small legal team that sued more than 200 jurisdictions in Alabama in voting rights cases, including the redistricting of the Alabama Legislature during the last two decades. Because of these cases, Alabama now has the most equitable number of African-American office holders in the nation.
Mr. Still has litigated or advised clients on virtually every type of voting and election-related matter including the right to vote, the right to an absentee ballot, election contests, challenges to candidate qualifications, submissions under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, vote dilution suits under both the Constitution and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and campaign finance laws. He has represented clients on these matters in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Alaska, Nebraska, and Louisiana. He has drafted several election laws. His clients have included the Allegheny (PA) County Council, the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the House Majority Leader in Alabama, the Governor of Kentucky, and the Cities of Birmingham, Bessemer, and Tuskegee, Alabama.
He teaches a course of The Law of Politics (regarding elections, redistricting, and the right to vote) at the Birmingham School of Law.
Mr. Still has represented teachers and educational support workers in a variety of cases involving enforcement of contractual and statutory rights, as well as protection of their constitutional and civil rights. He also represented other employees and employers in employment discrimination cases. He has 25-year association with the Alabama Education Association, for whom he has represented hundreds of teachers and educational workers in a variety of employment-related matters.
Most of his clients have been ordinary citizens and workers who were forced to seek a lawyer to assist them in their problems. For instance,
Mr. Still has brought numerous First Amendment, due process, and equal protection suits for a variety of people: public employees, playwrights, religious and political minorities, and even truckers over state regulation of bumper stickers.
Mr. Still currently is the general counsel the Anniston Community Education Foundation. He has incorporated other non-profit community groups and assisted them in obtaining their tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Still is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate (1968) of the University of Alabama, where he majored in Political Science. He pursued his law degree at the University of Alabama School of Law (1971), where he was a member of Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, a finalist in the John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition, and a recipient of the James E. Morrissette Constitutional Law Award.
Mr. Still was a founder and served as chair of the Center for Voting and Democracy, a Washington-based educational group providing information about alternative election systems, such as preference voting, limited voting, cumulative voting, and party list voting (proportional representation). He served on the board of the Center until 2003.
He is a member of the Democratic National Committee's National Lawyers Council, which provides legal services to the DNC and candidates of the Party.
He has served as vice-president for programs and president of the YMBC Civic Forum in Birmingham.
He was a founder and treasurer of the Birmingham Jam, a jazz, blues, and gospel festival.
He has served as an adult volunteer with Troops 111 and 97 of the Boy Scouts of America, Greater Alabama Council.