Election Protection is a nationwide nonpartisan coalition, spearheaded by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, working to ensure that every voter is able to exercise their right to vote. In conversation with Damon Hewitt, Executive Vice President, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Proskauer pro bono partner Bill Silverman says, “Supporting impactful and important programs like Election Protection helps people who might otherwise be disenfranchised have their voices heard, and their votes counted.” Watch the video below where we had the chance to connect with Bill and Damon on this unprecedented election and our joined efforts to amplify voices and voters this season:
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Bill Silverman: At Proskauer, we’ve been committed to election protection for the past 14 years because we believe voting is among the most fundamental rights that we have as Americans.
Damon Hewitt: We also believe that all of America benefits from our work because our theory is that we are strengthening democracy by making sure that people who are often relegated to the margins actually have opportunity and can exercise their voice to make sure that their votes matter and that their very vitality actually matters in this election and beyond.
Bill Silverman: This is certainly an unprecedented election season. Voting rights are more front and center than ever. Voters are facing voter purges, strict ID laws, insufficient polling places, and we know that communities of color and people of limited means are most impacted.
Damon Hewitt: Too often we’re seeing new obstacles being erected, especially in the age of COVID, when there’s so much confusion and so much chaos. And the coalition is impactful because we literally help people cast ballots when they otherwise may have been barred from doing so.
Bill Silverman: Supporting impactful and important programs like Election Protection helps people who might otherwise be disenfranchised have their voices heard, and their votes counted.
Damon Hewitt: We couldn’t do this work without the amazing partnership with firms like Proskauer. We know that the energy that you bring, the lens that you bring is so critical; that it’s more than just charity or service; that you’re really, essentially, redefining what it means to be leaders in the bar by the work that you’re doing. And so, we so appreciate Proskauer’s efforts. We couldn’t do it without you.