Ryan SnowLegal Fellow
Ryan Snow serves as Legal Fellow with the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. His work focuses on litigation and advocacy in defense of the fundamental right to vote, and to ensure that all Americans have equal and meaningful access to our political process, regardless of race, wealth, age, language, disability, or other status or circumstance.
Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee in September 2018, Ryan studied at the University of Virginia School of Law, earning his Juris Doctor in May 2018. While at UVA Law, Ryan served as an intern in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; the Campaign Legal Center; and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and as a student clinician in the Civil Rights Litigation Pro Bono Clinic at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Born and raised in Stanford, California, Ryan graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Ohio in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. He then worked as a professional trombonist, improviser, composer, and teacher, based in Brooklyn, New York from 2005 to 2015. From 2011 to 2014, he toured the country, playing over 500 shows in 45 states. During that time, witnessing a series of Supreme Court decisions allowing severe burdens on the right to vote while enshrining money as protected speech, Ryan decided he had a moral duty to join the fight for equal access to democracy, to serve marginalized communities and to work toward a society that works for all.