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Voting rights and democracy

Training the Next Generation of Voting Rights Lawyers and Scholars


To educate students in the law and practice of voting rights, ballot access, campaign finance, election administration, and democracy protection.

The Voting Rights and Democracy Project is non-partisan, and will prepare students to advise clients, litigate, and reform laws and regulations.

The Voting Rights and Democracy Project Offers:

Voting Rights and Democracy Project

Courses and Seminars in subjects such as:

  • Election Law and Voting Rights in the United States
  • Election Law and the Presidency: the Intersection of Law and Politics 
  • Comparative Election Law: the United States, Europe, and Asia
  • Ethics in the Electoral Arena: Law, Campaigns, and Public Integrity


Voting Rights and Democracy Project, Voting BoxExternships in various government offices and faculty-taught seminars, such as: 

  • Public Integrity Investigations and Prosecutions – the Office of the New York State Attorney General; the Public Integrity Divisions of the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • Campaign Finance Laws – the New York City Campaign Finance Board and the New York State Public Campaign Finance Board


Voting Rights and Democracy Project, US Capitol

“Hot Topic” Forums and Public Official Speaker Series

  • Presentations by leading federal, state, and local public officials to discuss the practicalities of election law, governance, and emerging issues
  • Panel discussions by Fordham faculty, journalists, and other public figures on relevant “hot topics” 



Voting Rights and Democracy Project, White HouseJournal of Voting Rights and Democracy

  • Online Journal addressing cutting-edge issues affecting democratic institutions, government, and racial justice





Voting Rights and Democracy Project, Flag Waving CrowdStudent Resources

  • In addition to offering courses and seminars, supervising externships, hosting programs, and generating scholarly work, the Voting Rights and Democracy Project will be an ongoing resource for student organizations working under the umbrella of the Public Interest Resource Center 

Fall 2022 Affiliated Courses

Each of these courses addresses voting rights or democracy-related issues in whole or in part.

*Registration has closed for these courses.

Fordham Leadership 

Jerry H. Goldfeder, Director, Voting Rights and Democracy Project; Special Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Elizabeth B. Cooper, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice

Leah Horowitz Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Social Justice Initiatives

John Rogan, Visiting Clinical Professor of Law

Jurij Toplak, Adjunct Professor of Law and University Professor of Law at Alma Mater Europaea and at the University of Maribor, Slovenia

Advisory Board

Hon. Rolando T. Acosta - Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York

Hon. Steven Bellone, Esq. - Suffolk County Executive; FLS ’99

Andrew G. Celli, Jr., Esq. - Civil rights lawyer, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP

Frederick A. Davie, M.Div. - Senior Strategic Advisor to the President, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York; Chair, New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board

Nora Donnelly - Co-President of Fordham Law Advocates for Voting Rights

J. Remy Green, Esq. - Voting rights and civil rights attorney, Cohen & Green PLLC

Nicole Gordon, Esq. - Distinguished Lecturer in Public Affairs, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York; Founding Executive Director, New York City Campaign Finance Board

Jason Harrow, Esq. - Voting rights lawyer, Gerstein Harrow LLP; formerly Chief Counsel and Executive Director, Equal Citizens

Kristen A. Johnson, Esq. - Pro Bono Counsel, Cooley

Terry Ao Minnis, Esq. - Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC; Member, ABA Election Law Committee

Sonia Montejano - Co-President of Fordham Law Advocates for Voting Rights

Hon. Jerrold Nadler, Esq. - Member of Congress; FLS ‘78

Ali Najmi, Esq. - Election lawyer, The Law Office of Ali Najmi

Michael D. Nieves - President and CEO, Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network, Inc.

Andrew Rasiej - Founder and CEO, Civic Hall; Founder, Personal Democracy Forum; former Chair, New York Tech Alliance

Kira Romero-Craft, Esq. - Director of Legal StrategiesDemos

Sarah K. Steiner, Esq. - Election lawyer, Law Office of Sarah K. Steiner; former Chair, New York City Bar Association Election Law Committee