Erica Lai Moderates Panel on 2020 Census Litigation
October 23, 2019
Erica Lai moderated a panel with three lead attorneys from the litigation that enjoined the U.S. Department of Commerce from adding a question to the 2020 decennial census that would have required respondents to identify the citizenship status of every member of their households. Plaintiffs brought claims under the Census Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act alleging that adding the question would cause a disproportionate undercount in states with high numbers of non-English speakers, immigrants, and people of color, resulting in an inaccurate and incomplete head count. The panel was put on by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC), with the support of other local minority bar associations.