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Brennan Center Annual Collected Writings 2010

Brennan Center Annual Collected Writings 2010

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 Volume Four 
DEMOCRACY & JUSTICECOLLECTEDWRITINGSBRENNANCENTERFOR JUSTICE
 
HOW RESILIENT IS AMERICAN DEMOCRACY?
Frederick A.O. ("Fritz") Schwarz, Jr.
 REFORM AFTER CITIZENS UNITED
Monica Youn, Michael Waldman
  VOTER REGISTRATIONIN THE DIGITAL AGE
 Wendy Weiser
 HOW PROSECUTORS CANEASE RACIAL GAPS
Nicole Austin-Hillery and Melanca Clark 
 PLUS: JUSTICE FOR SALE?
Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor
 THE RISE AND FALLOF JUDICIAL RESTRAINT
Hon. Richard Posner
 CURING CONGRESS
Sen. Tom Harkin, Richard Pildes
 MONEY, POLITICS AND THE CONSTITUTION
Rep. Donna Edwards, Geoffrey Stone,Burt Neuborne, and Floyd Abrams
 The Origins of theNational Security State
Garry Wills and Eric Alterman
 WHAT TO READ?
President Bill Clinton, Jonathan Franzen, Adam Liptak, Dahlia Lithwick, Ted Sorensen,Sean Wilentz, Alice Walker, and Tom Wolfe
 
2Brennan Center or Justice
 
© 2011. Tis paper is covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivs-NonCommercial”license (see http://creativecommons.org). It may be reproduced in its entirety as long as the BrennanCenter is credited, a link to the Center’s web page is provided, and no charge is imposed. Te papermay not be reproduced in part or in altered orm, or i a ee is charged, without the Center’s permis-sion. Please let the Brennan Center know i you reprint.
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
 Te Brennan Center or Justice at New York University School o Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that ocuses on undamental issues o democracy and justice. Our work rangesrom voting rights to redistricting reorm, rom access to the courts to presidential power in the fghtagainst terrorism. A singular institution—part think tank, part public interest law frm, part advocacy group—the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communicationsto win meaningul, measurable change in the public sector. 
About Democracy & Justice: Collected Writings 2010
 Te material in this volume is excerpted rom Brennan Center reports, policy proposals, and issuebries; we’ve also excerpted material rom public remarks, legal bries, Congressional testimony, andop-ed pieces written by Brennan Center sta in 2010. Te volume was compiled and edited by  Jeanine Plant-Chirlin, with the assistance o Jim Lyons. For a ull version o any material printedherein, complete with ootnotes, please contact her at jeanine.plant-chirlin@nyu.edu. 
 
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Tis January marked the one-year anniversary o 
Citizens United 
—the Supreme Court ruling thatupended decades o law. We have only begun to see its impact on our politics. Plainly, it will worsena political and governmental system that already is ar too dysunctional, ar too divided, and ar tooparalyzed by special interests. Tis broken government helped cause the economic crisis, and now makes it ar harder to meet the country’s long-term challenges o recovery and renewal.But our democracy has never aced a challenge that could not be met by more democracy. We believemore passionately than ever that i we want to solve the problems acing ordinary Americans, wemust fx our systems.Tis volume is a sample o the Brennan Center’s work on all ronts in the fght or democracy and justice in 2010. We stepped orward to lead the legal deense in the wake o 
Citizens United 
, as anarmada o lawsuits sought to destroy the rest o campaign fnance law. We enlisted the nation’s topconstitutional experts in a movement to develop and advance a new voter-centric legal doctrine.Our advocacy led seven states to implement parts o our Voter Registration Modernization plan,resulting in hundreds o thousands o new voter registrations with lower costs and reduced risk o raud. And with Congress paralyzed, we ocused on the Obama administration and state courts topress or improved access to justice, especially or racial and language minorities. We are proud o our work and proud o how we do it. We write reports, drat legislation, litigatecases beore the Supreme Court, provide Congressional testimony, publish op-eds, convene topthinkers, and build bipartisan coalitions. We are independent, nonpartisan, and act-based. We continue the fght in 2011. We will deend strong campaign laws, including the case beorethe high court considering the constitutionality o a public fnancing system or the frst time in35 years. Our experts will continue to develop innovative policy reorms to make government work better and more transparently. We will fercely fght eorts to curb voting rights and accessto justice. And we will engage in the broader public debate over the courts, the Constitution, andthe role o government.Tis time o contention can be a clariying moment in the long drive toward a “more perect union.”
 Michael WaldmanExecutive Director 
Introduction from theExecutive Director

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