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Pioneers in Public Interest: The Battle for Voting Rights in 2020

Join us in kicking off a new annual conference series celebrating the Public Interest Law Scholars Program  Each year, we will focus on scholarship related to a pressing public interest issue.

This virtual half-day conference will cover:

  • Voting purges
  • Threats to polling locations
  • Voter intimidation
  • Gerrymandering (and mathematical attention on issues of electoral redistricting)
  • Russian influence (fake news/misleading voters)
  • Machine malfunctions/snafus
  • Voter suppression (including obstacles to registration, cutbacks on early voting, stricter voter identification requirements).
  • Same day and online voter registration
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Supreme Court’s 2013 related ruling in Shelby Counter v. Holder

>> Register online

Keynote Speaker
Dale Ho
Director, Voting Rights Project, ACLU

Panelists include: 

Moon Duchin
Tisch College Senior Fellow, Tufts University

Associate Justice Anita Earls
Supreme Court of North Carolina

Rahsaan Hall ’98
Director, Racial Justice Program
American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

Michael Li
Senior Counsel, Democracy, Brennan Center

Alan Solomont
Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University.

This annual event will celebrate the Public Interest Law Scholars Program and each year will focus on scholarship related to a pressing public interest issue.

In partnership with: 
The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration and NuLawLab

About the Public Interst Law Scholars Program

Northeastern is well known as one of the top public interest law schools in the nation. The renewable, full-tuition Public Interest Law Scholarship (PILS) is offered to exceptional applicants who possess impressive academic profiles as well as extensive experience in fields concerned with social justice and public service. 

Launched in 1999 by generous donors who believed that the mission of the law school naturally led to the need for such a scholarship, the first class of scholars graduated in 2003. These graduates have built a strong network, giving back to the program and assisting new students as they begin their pursuit of public interest law careers. Once scholars have graduated from the School of Law, it is hoped that a significant portion of their careers be dedicated to public interest law.

Friday, September 18 at 1:00pm to 5:15pm

Event Type



School of Law, Alumni/ae



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