As in years past, Columbia Law School is working with Election Protection to advance and defend the rights of eligible citizens to vote. Election Protection – led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. Through the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline and a comprehensive legal field deployment, Election Protection helps ensure eligible voters are able to participate in our democracy while collecting data for meaningful reform so that our elections are free, fair, and accessible. Election Protection is currently soliciting attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and law students to serve as pro bono field workers and call center operators on Election Day. We are hoping to mobilize the entire Columbia Law School community - students, graduates, faculty, and lawyers, paralegals, or legal assistants on staff - to work on this pro bono effort protecting the rights of voters. This project is open to JDs and LL.Ms and qualifies for both the CLS mandatory requirement (for 2Ls and 3Ls; voluntary for 1Ls) and the NY state bar requirement.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form. Once you have expressed your interest, you will receive additional information on the relevant trainings (either in-person or online) and how to sign up for a volunteer hotline or field program shift.
To participate as a field program volunteer in NYC:
Field volunteers will provide in-person assistance to voters at polling places. Election Protection’s New York field program will be overseen by Kahlil Williams, CLS ‘11. We will host a one-hour training for field volunteers at Columbia Law School on Tuesday, October 25th at 6 pm in Jerome Greene Hall (435 West 116th St), room 104. For volunteers outside of NYC, please sign up using the link above to receive additional information about local efforts.
To participate as a hotline volunteer:
Volunteers in the call center will field calls from Election Protection’s hotline (866-OUR-VOTE). Training will be provided online.