New York associate Gabriel Yomi Dabiri and Washington, D.C. associate Arvind Miriyala traveled to Memphis on April 2nd and 3rd to lead a presentation on voting rights history on behalf of pro bono client The Transformative Justice Coalition. The presentation was delivered for the organization’s annual Millennial Votes Matter event, which is targeted to high school and college students interested in registering citizens to vote. Gabriel and Arvind were advised by Washington, D.C. partner Steven Kaufmann.
This year’s Millennial Votes Matter event coincided with MLK50 activities held throughout Memphis to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in the city. The first day of the Millennial Votes Matter event included a panel discussion featuring Reverend Jesse Jackson, on which Gabriel Yomi Dabiri also sat.
“Presenting on voting rights history, in Memphis, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a unique opportunity. Having an opportunity to sit on a panel with Reverend Jesse Jackson and shake his hand on such an historic occasion – which I did not expect – is a moment that I will never forget. I’m grateful to Steven [Kaufmann] and Jennifer [Brown] for encouraging us to go,” said Gabriel.
“It was an honor to present on an issue of such great importance while working alongside trailblazers in the civil rights’ movement,” says Arvind. “The experience was both memorable and rewarding, and I appreciate the opportunity to have participated in the event.”
The Transformative Justice Coalition is a nonprofit organization focused on driving transformative institutional change through public education and engagement initiatives.
Reverend Jesse Jackson with MoFo’s Gabriel Yomi Dabiri
MoFo’s Arvind Miriyala with Reverend Jesse Jackson
MoFo’s Arvind Miriyala and Gabriel Yomi Dabiri with members of the Transformative Justice Coalition