Protecting Civil Rights and Voting Rights Since 1973
J. Gerald Hebert (“Gerry”) is a sole practitioner in Alexandria, Virginia, who specializes in election law and redistricting. Gerry's legal practice is national in scope.
Over the last three decades, he has served as legal counsel for parties and amici curiae in numerous redistricting lawsuits, including several cases decided in the Supreme Court of the United States.
From 1973 to 1994, Gerry served in the Department of Justice, where he served in many supervisory capacities, including Acting Chief, Deputy Chief, and Special Litigation Counsel in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division. Gerry has served as chief trial counsel in over 100 voting rights lawsuits, a number of which were ultimately decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. In his Justice Department career, Gerry also prepared and analyzed numerous statewide and local government redistricting plans for compliance with applicable legal standards, prepared budgets for litigation, analyzed proposed federal election legislation, and instructed newly hired attorneys on the conduct of litigation at the Department of Justice's training center. Gerry has maintained his solo practice of law since leaving the Justice Department in 1994.
In addition to his private practice, Gerry is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C., where, since 1995, he has taught courses on voting rights, election law, and campaign finance regulation.
Gerry has authored a number of law journal articles and other publications on redistricting and the Voting Rights Act. His most recent publications include “Redistricting in the Post-2000 Era”, in the George Mason University Law Review, and “The Realists’ Guide to Redistricting”, published by the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (co-authored).
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