Brennan Center for Justice

In Brief:

The Brennan Center is equal parts think tank, public interest law firm and advocacy organization. The Brennan Center serves as a generator of legal theory and as an expert on democracy reform, equipping and empowering journalists, attorneys, civic engagement organizations, and other national partners to achieve immediate wins and make long-term strides toward an inclusive and just democracy.

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

Top issues:

  • Voting Rights & Elections
  • Money in Politics
  • Government & Court Reform
  • Justice for All
  • Liberty & National Security

The Resistance

Since the 2016 Election, The Brennan Center leveraged its core legal policy and advocacy work to defend the integrity of our democratic institutions and build momentum for new, affirmative solutions, including launching a bipartisan task force, co-chaired by Preet Bharara and former Governor Christine Todd Whitman, to address the erosion of democratic norms. To protect elections from foreign interference, the Center galvanized a coalition of national security experts and former officials, voting rights advocates, and election security specialists, and it successfully urged Congress to allocate nearly $400 million in funding to strengthen state election cybersecurity. The Brennan Center also helped lead the effort to expose and shut down the administration’s “voter fraud commission.”