Political and Election Empowerment Project

The Political and Election Empowerment Project (PEEP) @ Boalt provides students at Berkeley Law who care about the deep connection between politics, elections, the law, and social justice with a place to learn more about these challenging and dynamic issues in a rigorous and fun environment. We will team up students with practitioners who work on complex issues on the local, state, and federal levels so that the students can both learn a great deal about the law, and also develop legal research and analysis skills. We hope that PEEP provides not just an incredible experience and an energizing volunteer opportunity, but also great training.

In Fall 2016, we will be teaming up with Demos, national public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.  Demos conducts research, advocacy, litigation, and strategic communications to promote political equality, economic opportunity and racial equity, with a particular focus on how these are all interconnected.  Our project will complete legal research on campaign finance and election law, helping to guide Demos’ litigation strategy to transform the Supreme Court’s approach to money in politics to put people rather than big money at the center of our democracy.

Time Commitment: Ten hours per month, which includes two three-hour research sessions (held every two weeks), plus four hours of independent research each month. The expectation is that students will contribute at least 25 hours each semester. The bimonthly research sessions are held every other Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Formal training is limited to a one-time workshop (approximately two hours). Most training will be done throughout the course of the semester. Some research is done in a group setting so that we can support each other, answer questions, and bounce ideas around. During the research sessions, some time may be devoted to training and education on an issue in election or political law. The remaining time is devoted to research on the Demos project. The student leaders and the supervising attorneys will provide regular training and support. Ultimately, the group will present its research findings to Demos in a detailed report, memo or other format.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at berkeleypeep@gmail.com.

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