Associate Counsel, Voting Rights Project
Brendan Downes is an Associate Counsel in the Voting Rights Project. His practice focuses on ensuring that racial minorities have the right to participate equally in the democratic process and to elect candidates of choice. He is currently part of teams litigating challenges to discriminatory methods of electing state high court judges, strict voter identification requirements, and burdensome proof of citizenship laws.
Brendan graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law and completed legal internships in the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee, the Educational Opportunities Section at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and the Education and Political Participation Groups at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
After finishing an undergraduate degree at Boston College, Brendan worked with government education officials in South Sudan to reorganize and remodel local school systems. He has also worked in Boston as a community organizer focused on youth violence issues, as a White House Intern in the Obama administration, and as a Senior Program Assistant at the National Democratic Institute where he helped train and deploy domestic election observers in Uganda.
District of Columbia