Ryan Snow serves as Legal Fellow in the Voting Right Project. Ryan is a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and a 2018-19 recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy ‘51 Public Service Fellowship, which supports his work at the Lawyers’ Committee.
Born and raised in Stanford, California, Ryan graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Ohio in 2005 with dual degrees in Politics and Jazz Studies. He then worked as a professional trombonist, improviser, composer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York from 2005 to 2015. Over several years touring the country, Ryan was activated by a series of Supreme Court decisions enshrining money as protected speech while allowing severe burdens on the right to vote, and decided he had a moral duty to spend his life working in service of democracy and toward a society that works for all.
While at UVA Law, Ryan interned in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice; the Campaign Legal Center; and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.