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Election Law and Democracy

  • Voting rights activist Rosemary McCoy stands in front of a blue sign that reads

    A matter of ‘life or death’

    February 7, 2023

    Harvard Law School’s Election Law Clinic partners with organizers in Jacksonville, Florida to score important victories for voting rights.

  • Enshrine an affirmative right to vote

    November 21, 2022

    Tomiko Brown-Nagin argues that a Constitutional amendment enshrining the right to vote would demonstrate ‘absolute commitment’ to full participation in U.S. democracy.

  • Members of the Election Law Clinic with organizers from Jacksonville.

    Election Law Clinic presents oral arguments in Jacksonville racial gerrymandering case

    September 26, 2022

    On Friday, September 16, Election Law Clinic clinical instructor Daniel Hessel led the plaintiff’s oral arguments during Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP v. City of Jacksonville’s preliminary injunction hearing, arguing against the use of racially biased redistricting maps in the 2023 and 2024 city council and school board elections.  

  • Voting rights activists march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March 2022.

    Supreme Court preview: Merrill v. Milligan

    September 23, 2022

    Harvard Law Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos explains how the Alabama redistricting case could affect the future of the Voting Rights Act.

  • Detail of Langdell Hall in autumn

    A Focus on Democracy: HLS Clinics and Classes

    July 15, 2022

    The Election Law Clinic, led by Ruth Greenwood, visiting assistant clinical professor, focuses on voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the challenges money poses to democratic participation.

  • Red and blue colored hands holding ballots ready to drop in a black ballot box at the center of the illustration.

    Vote of Confidence

    July 15, 2022

    An election law course examines doctrine and asks students to consider ‘the way things ought to be, and how to make them happen’

  • Man voting

    Weighing President Biden’s first year: Voting and elections

    January 11, 2022

    Harvard Law School election law expert Ruth Greenwood applauds the Biden administration’s support for new voting legislation, but says the filibuster remains an obstacle to finishing the job.

  • Burning smartphone

    ‘The algorithm has primacy over media … over each of us, and it controls what we do’

    November 18, 2021

    Social media’s business model of personalized virality is incompatible with democracy, agreed experts at a recent Harvard Law School discussion on the state of democracy.

  • Nicholas Stephanopoulos

    Harvard Portraits: Nicholas Stephanopoulos

    October 11, 2021

    Nicholas Stephanopoulos was a second-year law student when the Supreme Court ruled — unsatisfactorily, he believed — on the Pennsylvania gerrymandering case Vieth v. Jubelirer. For Stephanopoulos, it was a game-changer: election law, democratic theory, and the American electoral system have since come to dominate his career.

  • Crowd of people in front of the U.S. Capitol

    Is democracy in peril?

    September 23, 2021

    The state of American democracy will be examined in a lecture series, "Democracy," which had its first session this week and will continue through the fall and spring.

  • Langdell Hall in the fall

    Faculty on the move

    September 1, 2021

    With the start of the academic year, a look at nine faculty who have joined Harvard Law School, been promoted, or taken on new roles in 2021.

  • Woman speaking with mask into microphone

    The battle for the ballot box

    August 19, 2021

    “We were prepared for everything with regard to this last election cycle, except for the levels to which people would stoop to try to stop democracy and deny the voice of the people,” says Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ’04.

  • Illustration of arms raised, holding a piece of paper with a checkmark, in front of an American flag.

    Training a new generation of election law lawyers

    April 7, 2021

    Harvard Law Today spoke with Ruth Greenwood about the new Election Law Clinic and why she thinks it is important to train a new generation of lawyers to practice in this burgeoning field.

  • Empty voting booths at a polling place

    Election Law Clinic launches at Harvard Law School

    April 7, 2021

    Harvard Law School has announced the launch the new Election Law Clinic, which will give students the opportunity to work on a broad range of cutting-edge issues in areas such as redistricting, voting rights, campaign finance, and party regulation.

  • Martha Minow and Emily Broad Leib

    COVID and the law: What have we learned?

    March 17, 2021

    The effect of COVID-19 on the law has been transformative and wide-ranging, but as a Harvard Law School panel pointed out on the one-year anniversary of campus shutdown, the changes haven’t all been for the worse.

  • Jamie Raskin wearing a black mask hold his hand over his heart

    ‘A sense of duty and honor’

    March 17, 2021

    In a Q&A with Harvard Law Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin ’87, who served as lead House impeachment manager, reflects on a time of trauma and hope.

  • Black and white illustration of men in battle in New Orleans, 1874. Man on horse in center, overlooking men fighting in the street, buildings and smokestacks in the background.

    ‘A grim form of political theater’

    January 8, 2021

    Harvard Law Visiting Professor Sanford Levinson puts the storming of the Capitol in historical perspective.

  • Rioters attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol at the House steps during a joint session of Congress

    Did implicit bias lead to breach of U.S. Capitol?

    January 8, 2021

    Harvard Law School’s James Tierney says police would have treated Black Lives Matter protesters differently.