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Ruth Greenwood

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Ruth Greenwood
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Ruth is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Director of the Election Law Clinic at Harvard Law School. She engages in litigation and advocacy on a variety of election law cases, while training the next generation of election lawyers.

Ruth litigated two partisan gerrymandering cases from the trial level to the Supreme Court of the United States, Gill v. Whitford and Rucho v. Common Cause. She has also litigated minority vote dilution claims under state and federal voting rights acts, racial gerrymandering claims, and cases alleging a burden on the fundamental right to vote. In addition, Ruth has advised dozens of state advocates on drafting and implementing independent redistricting commissions, state voting rights acts, and adopting ranked choice voting.

Ruth was previously the Co-Director of Voting Rights and Redistricting at the Campaign Legal Center, Lead Counsel for Voting Rights at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and a Redistricting Fellow with the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute. She received her LL.M from Columbia Law School in 2009, and her LL.B./B.Sc. from the University of Sydney in 2005. Ruth is admitted to practice as an attorney in Massachusetts, Illinois and New York.


  • LL.M. Columbia Law School, 2009
  • LL.B. University of Sydney, 2005
  • B.Sc. University of Sydney, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Court of Appeals, New York (2011)
  • Supreme Court, Illinois (2013)
  • Federal Court for Northern District of Illinois, Illinois (2013)
  • United States Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit (2013)
  • Supreme Court of the United States (2017)
  • United States Court of Appeals for Eighth Circuit (2020)
  • Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts (2021)
  • Federal Court for the District of Massachussetts, Massachusetts (2021)

Board Memberships

  • Board Member and Secretary, PlanScore (2019 - Present)

Representative Publications

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