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 2017 we will be continuing our partnership with Demos, a 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.

We will also be continuing our partnership with Common Cause of California to provide research for a legislative proposal aimed at reforming judicial elections in California. We will research the framework and practices for judicial elections in California, compare them to the systems in other states, and use that analysis to help inform a legislative proposal. The aim is to ultimately involve students in testimony and advocacy related to these legislative reforms in Sacramento.

Time Commitment: Students should expect 25 hours per semester with bi-weekly meetings.

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

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