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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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Seven Early Voting Ideas to Improve Outdated Election Process
As voters across the country head to the polls next week and election officials review their voting protocols, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law today released a new report detailing the benefits of early voting programs and offering recommendations to substantially improve our outdated election process.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Comments on Sen. Leahy and Rep. Sensenbrenner Introduction of Bill to Curb NSA Abuses
Today, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. James Sensenbrenner introduced (in their respective chambers) the USA FREEDOM Act, a bipartisan bill designed to rein in many of the NSA’s most controversial surveillance practices. Elizabeth Goitein and Faiza Patel, co-directors of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, are available for your analysis and coverage of this story.
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Friday, October 25, 2013
Outside Spending Floods Judicial Elections at Record Levels, Report Finds
Special-interest groups and political parties spent an unprecedented $24.1 million on television ads and other election materials in state court races in 2011-2012, 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.
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Monday, June 17, 2013
Victory: Supreme Court Protects Voter Registration
The Supreme Court ruled on Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council Arizona today, upholding Congress’s power to regulate federal elections. The Brennan Center for Justice released the following statement from Democracy Program Director Wendy Weiser:
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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Schneiderman Unveils Disclosure Rule, Business Leaders Call on Senate to Pass Public Financing
At a discussion with business leaders and advocacy groups this morning, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled new regulations, effective today, to help end secret spending in New York State elections. The event was sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice and New York Leadership for Accountable Government ( NY LEAD ), a coalition of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders in favor of campaign finance reform.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
States Enacting Foreign Law Bans Driven by Anti-Muslim Sentiment Will Face Legal and Practical Problems
Today, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Center for American Progress released a report highlighting the unintended consequences of foreign law bans. Fueled by a growing tide of anti-Muslim sentiment, these bans have gained momentum in recent months, morphing from restrictions on Islamic religious laws and customs (known as “sharia”) into broader bans on foreign, international and religious laws in U.S. courts.
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Monday, February 04, 2013
Statement on Lawsuit vs. NYPD on Illegal Surveillance of Muslim Americans
Civil rights lawyers today filed a motion asking a federal court to end the NYPD’s illegal surveillance of American Muslims and establish an independent monitor to review the Department’s counterterrorism efforts. Faiza Patel, Co-Director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program, is available for interview.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Brennan Center Study: Rampant Filibuster Abuse Paralyzes Senate, Proposed Reforms
Low congressional productivity in the U.S. Senate stems from a continued abuse of the filibuster, not merely divided government, a new Brennan Center report shows.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Study: 2012 House Campaign Spending Trends
A new report released today by the Brennan Center for Justice analyzes the spending patterns emerging in the 25 most hotly contested House races, which will likely determine which party will control the House.
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Friday, September 21, 2012
Brennan Center Applauds Introduction of Empowering Citizens Act
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law endorses the Empowering Citizens Act (H.R. 6448) introduced by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen to reform our out-of-control campaign finance system.
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