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Democracy Law Project (DLP)

The Democracy Law Project (DLP) tackles crucial issues in democracy law, election law, and voting rights.

What we do:

DLP engages in democracy law issues, focusing on campaign finance reform, redistricting, legislative advocacy, and voting rights while seeking to locate discussions of democracy within broader conversations of racial, gender, environmental, and social justice. We work to ensure that every citizen has equal access to the ballot and casts a vote that counts, and to ensure that democratic institutions are responsive to and representative of citizen concerns. DLP also houses the school’s Native and Indigenous Rights pro bono work.

How we do it:

DLP’s work is twofold. First, we partner with local and national organizations to assist with research, legal advocacy, and voter outreach. This includes projects that tackle new and changing issues around voting and election law. Second, we seek to deepen attention to and understanding of democratic issues on Penn’s campus through collaborative events and community building efforts.

How and when can I join:

Projects with DLP have flexible time commitments. Research projects are ongoing, and DLP supports nonpartisan voter protection efforts around the election calendar. If you have questions, please email and/or click here to receive updates and volunteer opportunities.

What skills will I develop:

Legal research and writing, democracy law, and issues relating to elections, voting, and democracy issues.

The work is not likely to be New York Bar eligible.