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We are a coalition of lawyers and others dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that:

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All eligible persons can register to vote easily

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All registered voters are able to vote simply, fairly, and without intimidation

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All votes are counted and all voting systems are open and reliable

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2/27: Election Integrity & Technology

2/27: Election Integrity & Technology Planning Call--RSVP below!

Please join NYDLC by phone this coming Monday (2/27) at 6:00 PM for the first ever planning call for our new Subcommittee on Election Integrity & Technology. We hope you will get involved at the ground level and help build out this important new effort. 

          NYDLC's new Subcommittee was created in response to demand by our members to address the troubling intelligence and media reports of attempts by foreign interests and state actors to undermine the legitimacy of US elections via intrusions/hacking of Boards of Elections, and the potential that the integrity of voting machines and voter data could be compromised. The 2016 election and its aftermath also highlighted the absence of a uniform set of broadly accepted national standards and best practices for the casting, securing, counting, and auditing of election ballots. Finally, the failure of government--from a national security standpoint--to prioritize adequate resources for conducting our elections by treating these systems as "critical infrastructure" and keeping up with hardware/software technology developments creates further vulnerabilities that must be remedied.

          This effort will focus on improving the physical and cyber security of our voting machines and ballot counting processes by working to counter threats to our elections and identify viable safeguards, accounting-style (apolitical) re-count and auditing standards, and other best practices to ensure that all votes are recorded accurately by transparent and reliable voting systems. 

          The first project of the committee will be a FREE film screening on March 16th at 6:30PM of the I Voted? movie at Cardozo Law School. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with election experts. This documentary was executive produced by Katie Couric and premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Have ideas for programming or questions? Contact Committee Chair Russell Semmel by email: NYDLCElectionIntegrity@gmail.com. 

Please RSVP for this planning call below and dial-in details will be emailed to you


New to NYDLC? Read the About NYDLC page to learn about our work or check out our 2016 Year in Review to see what we've been up to recently.

WHEN
February 27, 2017 at 6pm
WHERE
n/a this is a conference call. call-in # will be emailed to all who RSVP below.
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3/2: NYDLC CLE Committee Conference Call

3/2: CLE Committee Call--RSVP below!

        Join our next Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee call. We are currently working on our upcoming 3/21 CLE, Criminal Disenfranchisement: Jim Crow's Legacy and the Right to Vote 

        NYDLC’s CLE Committee develops and convenes attorney education programming on topics central to our mission and of interest to members. We welcome new CLE ideas!

        Current projects include a historical and contemporary look at Criminal Disenfranchisement Laws. We also have several other CLE proposals in the development pipeline. Recent CLE topics have included our signature election monitoring program NYS Voter Protection and Election Law, The Voting Rights Act (VRA), Voter ID Laws: Past, Present, Future, New York City & State Campaign Finance Law, and Election-Related Dirty Tricks and Deceptive Practices. If you are interested in presenting or organizing a CLE, we want to hear from you!

        Have ideas for programming or questions? Contact Committee Chair Brandon Smith by email: LawyersCouncilCLE@gmail.com.

        To see NYDLC's upcoming events, including CLE Committee meetings and programs, visit our EVENTS PAGE.

RSVP below to join our next meeting.

WHEN
March 02, 2017 at 12:30pm
WHERE
CLE Committee Conference Call
n/a, Campania
Google map and directions
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Featured event


Thurs. 3/16 - FREE: NYDLC Screening of I Voted? Movie & Expert Panel

Click here to reserve your seats for this FREE screening and expert panel discussion!

Your voluntary contribution to NYDLC helps sustain our pro-voter education and advocacy programming.
Please click here to contribute (no amount is too small!).

3/16: I Voted? NYDLC flyer

Your voluntary contribution to NYDLC helps sustain our pro-voter education and advocacy programming.

 


The New York Democratic Lawyers Council (NYDLC) is a coalition of lawyers and voting rights advocates dedicated to fostering universal participation and trust in the electoral process by ensuring that: 

  • 1. All eligible persons can register to vote easily;
  • 2. All registered voters are able to vote conveniently, fairly, without intimidation;
  • 3. All voters are counted accurately and all voting systems are open and reliable.

New to NYDLC? View our 2016 Year in Review here to see what we've been up to.

WHEN
March 16, 2017 at 6:30pm
WHERE
Cardozo Law School
55 5th Ave
Moot Court Room
New York, NY 10003
United States
Google map and directions
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Featured event


March 21 -- 2 NYS CLE credits* -- great value!

The New York Democratic Lawyers Council
Continuing Legal Education Committee 
is pleased to offer 
Criminal Disenfranchisement: Jim Crow's Legacy and the Right to Vote

with expert presenters
Gloria Browne-Marshall, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

Tomas Lopez, Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law (bio)

Please join NYDLC for this 2-credit CLE* presentation. RSVP below to reserve your tickets today!

            Post-reconstruction era disenfranchisement laws continue to hinder political participation in 2017, excluding millions of Americans from our democratic process by stripping voting rights from those with criminal convictions.

            This practice varies widely across the 50 states, rendering the contours of the fundamental right of citizens to vote elastic, inconsistent, and uncertain. Some states impose a forever punishment, even on those who have served their time, while other states never disenfranchise their citizens. There are also a range of policies requiring past offenders to satisfy financial debts before voting--which, given the racial and economic disparities among former incarcerates, is difficult to distinguish from a poll tax.

           This CLE will explore US criminal disenfranchisement policy and the laws that perpetuate it, along with its origins, and the future of rights restoration. We hope you will join us for this important presentation.

           *Two NYS Professional Practice CLE credits are pending approval by the NYS CLE board. This live course is appropriate for both newly-admitted and experienced attorneys. Limited discounted seating for non-attorneys is available.

           NYDLC has a scholarship policy for those interested in attending but who are unable to pay due to financial hardship. To RSVP for a scholarship ticket, please contact LawyersCouncilCLE@gmail.com and provide your full name and mobile #. By seeking a scholarship, you are affirming in good faith that it would cause you financial hardship to pay for a ticket to this program.

           Professor Browne-Marshall will also be available to sign copies of her book The Voting Rights War.

Please join NYDLC for this 2-credit CLE* presentation. RSVP below to reserve your tickets today!

WHEN
March 21, 2017 at 7:30pm
WHERE
NYU Law - Vanderbilt Hall - room 214
40 Washington Sq S
(btwn. MacDougal and Sullivan St)
New York, NY 10012
United States
Google map and directions
$50.00 USD ·
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NYDLC's Year in Review: Beyond 2016

NYDLC would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to every lawyer, law student, or voting right advocate who volunteered to help protect the vote in 2016. Check out NYDLC's 2016 Year in Review, and get a preview of what we...

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