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Democracy Law Project (DLP)

The Democracy Law Project (DLP) tackles crucial issues in election law, focusing on campaign finance reform, redistricting, and voting rights. We want to ensure that everyone has equal access to the ballot box, and that elections are conducted as fairly as possible, in order to fulfill our broader goal of helping to strengthen the United States’ democracy.

The DLP’s primary work is twofold. First, the DLP partners with local and national organizations to perform research for their legal matters. For example, two of our partner organizations—the Philadelphia-based Committee of Seventy and the DC-based Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington—are leaders in advocating for redistricting and campaign finance reform, and we have worked with them in the past to provide research for upcoming lawsuits. Second, the DLP partners with the Perelman School of Medicine and Penn Presbyterian Hospital to ensure that hospital patients can cast their ballots on election day.

The DLP’s general time commitment is extremely flexible. We understand that the school year is extremely busy—particularly for 1Ls—so we can adjust project time commitments to each individual person. No matter how much time they commit, DLP members will gain invaluable skills in research, writing, public speaking, and presentation, and stay up to date on what’s going on in politics.


Student Leaders

Danielle Lazarus Co-President
Joanna Kamhi Co-President
Dan Kane Senior Director of Projects
Neil Deininger Director of Projects