Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to redistricting reform, from access to the courts to presidential power in the fight against terrorism.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, April 04, 2016
Supreme Court Upholds “One Person, One Vote”
In an 8-0 decision released today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld “one person, one vote,” ruling in Evenwel v. Abbott that state legislative districts should continue to be drawn by total population, not total number of voters. “Today’s decision is a big win for fair representation,” said Michael Li...
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Friday, March 25, 2016
Brennan Center Files Amicus Brief in “Soft Money” Case that Could End Up Before U.S. Supreme Court
Today the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, together with a pro-bono team led by Center board member Daniel F. Kolb, filed an amicus brief in Republican Party of Louisiana v. Federal Election Commission , defending the constitutionality of provisions in 2002’s McCain-Feingold...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
New Paper: How to Protect Election Integrity Without Disenfranchising Voters
As America heads into another presidential election year in the midst of pitched battles over the right to vote, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law today released a six-part agenda to secure our elections from misconduct while maintaining fair access to the ballot. Since the 2010...
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Kansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Threatening Judicial Independence
The Kansas Supreme Court today struck down a 2014 law stripping the high court of its administrative authority over district courts, ruling that the measure was unconstitutional and a violation of the separation of powers doctrine. The decision sets up a showdown over a separate law on funding for...
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Wednesday, December 02, 2015
New Analysis: Judicial Re-Election Pressures Tied to Harsher Criminal Sentencing
Pressures of upcoming re-election and retention election campaigns make judges more punitive toward defendants in criminal cases, according to a new analysis of social science research by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. How Judicial Elections Impact Criminal Cases looked at 10...
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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Pennsylvania Logs Costliest Supreme Court Race in U.S. History
Pennsylvania’s superheated Supreme Court election has broken the previous documented national spending record for any state Supreme Court race, even as spending figures continue to roll in. Total documented spending in the race has now reached $15,850,297, surpassing the previous national record of...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
How Many Americans are Swept up in NSA’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance?
Today the Brennan Center for Justice, joined by more than 30 other privacy and civil liberties organizations, urged Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper to determine and disclose how many Americans are swept up in NSA surveillance under a law that authorizes the agency to target...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Outside Spending by Special Interests Floods Judicial Elections at Record Percentage, Report Finds
Special-interest groups accounted for a record-high 29 percent of total spending in state judicial races in the 2013-14 election cycle, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Justice at Stake, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Offering...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
NEW STUDY: Voting Machines at Risk Ahead of 2016 Election
In 2016, 43 states will use electronic voting machines that are at least 10 years old, perilously close to the end of most systems’ expected lifespan, according to a new study released today from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. That includes significant percentages of machines...
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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
New Study: Presidential Fundraising Shifts to "Shadow Campaigns"
Outside groups set up to benefit specific candidates have raised twice as much as the candidates themselves so far in the 2016 presidential race — and groups reported to have close ties to a candidate account for 96 percent of total outside fundraising, according to a new report from the Brennan...
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