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.