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The Constitution will endure

as a vital charter of human
liberty as long as there are
those with the courage to
defend it, the vision to interpret
it, and the fidelity to live by it.
—U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.

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Table of

The Constitution 13

Democracy 5 Shaping the Narrative 17

Financials 24
Our Supporters 26
The Brennan Legacy 32
Pro Bono Partners 32
Justice 9
Who We Are 33

Dear Friends, made clear: the best response to an attack on

democracy is to strengthen democracy.

In the great fight for the future

In Florida, voters ended the lifetime
disenfranchisement of 1.4 million citizens with a
past felony conviction. Nevada and Michigan

of constitutional democracy, enacted automatic voter registration – becoming

the 14th and 15th states to pass this signature

2018 was a breakthrough year. Brennan Center reform. We drafted or advised on

ballot measures to curb partisan gerrymandering
that passed in Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, and
Utah. By December, we celebrated passage of the
Amid the chaos and crises – the deepening most meaningful federal criminal justice reform in
threats to our values, to our systems of governance – a generation, the FIRST STEP Act.
the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School
of Law stepped forward as a leading national force It is the beginning of a true democracy movement
for change. in America. Now we’re fighting to seize this
opportunity, in Congress and states. It’s an
The Center has forged a distinct model – part agenda-setting moment that will help shape the
think tank, part legal advocacy group, part upcoming presidential race and build momentum
communications hub. Independent. Rigorous. for change.
Fighting fear with facts. A generator of bold
thinking, critical research, and innovative solutions The Brennan Center will do its part to hold
to reform and revitalize our nation’s systems of American institutions accountable to the ideals of
democracy and justice. equality and justice for all. When the systems fall
short, as they surely have, we will fight to change
Our work bore fruit. Defying brazen vote them. That is how the country will be able to solve
suppression, citizens surged to the polls – the the most pressing problems of our times. Thank
highest midterm turnout since 1914. Voters you for your steadfast partnership and support.

Robert Atkins, Patricia Bauman, Michael Waldman,

Co-Chair, Board of Directors Co-Chair, Board of Directors President

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Our Work/Democracy

Today, our democracy faces steep challenges. Advancing Innovative Solutions

The worst voting cutbacks since the Jim Crow era. Automatic Voter Registration.
Over a decade ago, the Brennan Center crafted
Dark money. Gerrymandering. this transformative reform: All eligible voters are
registered unless they opt out. Fully implemented,
The Brennan Center works to uphold the automatic registration will add tens of millions to
the voting rolls, save money, and boost security.
heart of the Declaration of Independence — It’s now the law in fifteen states and D.C. In 2018,
voters in Nevada and Michigan endorsed it,
that government is legitimate only when it rests and legislatures in Maryland, Massachusetts,
on “the consent of the governed.” To ensure New Jersey, and Washington enacted it.

that all Americans have an equal voice in Election Security.

Russia attacked American democracy in 2016.
elections and in the halls of power. To overturn The Brennan Center helps lead a bipartisan
barriers to participation. coalition of national security and election experts
to protect against more cyberattacks. Sens. Amy
Klobuchar (D-MN) and James Lankford (R-OK)
Most important, we craft reforms that will introduced the Secure Elections Act based on our
plan. In March, we persuaded Congress to give
change politics by expanding access to the states $380 million to strengthen security. Our
process. If we want to solve the country’s solutions: paper-verified voting machines,
ILLUSTRATION: Heads of State

post-election audits, and backup plans to count

problems, we must fix the systems. every vote in 2020.

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Countering Vote Suppression.

This is the first time in decades In Georgia and Florida, we won emergency lawsuits
that forced officials to count every vote. And we

that members of Congress have helped combat Brian Kemp’s notorious “exact match”
rule that disenfranchised voters due to typos.

prioritized fixing democracy. Making Every Voice Count

The Brennan Center’s solutions

Ending Partisan Gerrymandering.
Politicians long have rigged election districts to
are the heart of the plan. benefit themselves and their party, and to stifle
minority voices. Modern technology makes the
problem worse.

Curbing Big Money’s Role in Politics. Protecting the Vote As the reform movement’s litigation hub, the
The Brennan Center has long been a legal and policy Brennan Center coordinated dozens of amicus
force for campaign finance reform. Our October Defeating Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission. briefs in two key Supreme Court cases to strike
study showed that outside dark money groups We fought the White House panel that aimed to down extreme partisan gerrymandering. We
funded by anonymous donors now dominate bolster the preposterous claim that millions voted brought in historians, Republican leaders, civil
statewide judicial races – the latest example of the illegally in 2016. Our report, Noncitizen Voting: The rights advocates and social scientists.
impact of Citizens United. Our proposal to overhaul Missing Millions, demolished Trump’s lies. We filed
the Federal Election Commission would fix the cases in Texas, Utah, and Indiana to block release of Disappointingly, the Justices declined to rule, so
agency which has failed to enforce campaign laws. private voter information; we sued federal agencies to citizens themselves stepped in. Ballot measures
Lawmakers have embraced the plan. uncover secret documents; and we executed a established nonpartisan commissions to draw
top-flight communications campaign. When the district lines in Michigan, Colorado, and Nevada.
Bold Democracy Reform. Commission imploded in January 2018, the Guardian Missouri and Utah voters enacted solid redistricting
In December 2018, House Democrats announced reported: “The Brennan Center was at the forefront of reforms. The Brennan Center drafted several of
the first order of business — H.R. 1 — an overhaul of resistance to the Commission’s work.” these and gave essential research and legal support.
our nation’s democratic systems. The Brennan
Center’s solutions are the heart of the plan, which Stopping Abusive Voter Purges. Ensuring a Fair, Accurate 2020 Census.
marks the first time in decades that members of Our definitive study — released in July with a New The Trump administration illegally and abruptly
Congress have prioritized fixing democracy. York Times op-ed — showed how states removed 14 added a question about citizenship, a demand that
Automatic registration. Small donor public campaign million voters from the rolls, often improperly. Voters will crash participation by immigrant communities.
financing. Redistricting reform. Restoration of the of color were hardest hit. After the Supreme Court Privacy risks abound, too. The Brennan Center
Voting Rights Act. Stronger presidential ethics laws. gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, officials purged co-chairs a legal strategy task force, working with
Building momentum for this new national agenda in an extra 2 million voters. We went to court in Indiana racial justice and fair elections groups to advance
the lead up to 2020 is our core goal. and won, and blocked purges in two other states. protections and ensure a full count.

Q&A Michael Li
Senior Counsel, Democracy

Why does gerrymandering matter? But the fight isn’t just in the courts. There’s also
The way that political maps are drawn has been a powerful uptick of grassroots state
consequences far beyond just determining the advocacy and reform. And those efforts are scoring
geographic area of an election district. Map increasingly big wins.
boundaries can be manipulated to discriminate
against communities of color, and against political Have you noticed an increase in public
opponents. And the United States is unique in that it awareness of gerrymandering as a problem?
largely leaves redistricting in the hands of partisan It’s been a sea change. Five or ten years ago, there
lawmakers, which intensifies those problems. The was scant public awareness of gerrymandering.
good news is that even small changes to the system Now, it’s an issue people care deeply about. That’s
make the process more independent and fair. It is partially because Americans have this feeling that
possible to create legislative bodies at the state and the system is corrupt, rigged for the benefit of
federal level that are much more reflective of our insiders. But people are starting to realize that it’s
increasingly diverse country. One way to do it is to something they can change. It’s become an issue
put line drawing in the hands of independent for our time.
commissions, but there are lots of smart reforms
to make the process much better. How did you become a gerrymandering expert?
Coming from Texas, I’ve long known that
What have been some of the biggest fights in the communities of color are underrepresented in
effort to create fairer political representation? ways that harm them. I was practicing at a big
First, trying to get the Supreme Court to articulate a law firm in the state, and another round of
strong, clear rule against partisan gerrymandering. redistricting was coming up. The map-drawing
Lawmakers have taken the Court’s silence up until process is fairly opaque, and I thought people
now as a sign they can get away with anything when should know more about it. So, I created a blog
it comes to favoring one political party over another. that aimed to help people understand redistricting
Cases are continuing to come up through the lower better and have more access to information

courts and the Supreme Court won’t be able to about it. It evolved from there.
punt the issue forever.

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Our Work/Justice

The United States has less than 5 percent of Ending Mass Incarceration
the world’s population, but nearly 25 percent of Fighting Fear with Facts.
The Brennan Center is the respected source to
the world’s prisoners — 2.3 million people. And rebut false claims of soaring crime — the antidote to
that’s not needed to keep communities safe. Mass politicians who stoke fear to undercut reform. Our
2018 research shows that crime rates in America’s
incarceration has crushing consequences: racial, 30 largest cities remain near historic lows.

economic, social. Black men and women are still Mobilizing Law Enforcement.
five and a half times more likely to be incarcerated We launched Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce
Crime and Incarceration in 2015. Its members: 200
than whites. It is among the most pressing racial police chiefs and top prosecutors from all 50 states
who agree that sound criminal justice reforms can
justice issues facing the nation. reduce incarceration without jeopardizing public
safety. They work for change in their communities
The Brennan Center fights for a rational, fair and and are a powerful voice in states and on Capitol
Hill. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Charles
effective justice system that fulfills the promise Grassley (R-IA) called the group his “best advocate”
for achieving criminal justice reform.
of equal justice under law. We work to end mass
incarceration and policies that unfairly target Winning Federal Sentencing Reform.
ILLUSTRATION: Heads of State

In December, Congress enacted the FIRST STEP

immigrants and communities of color. Act, the most meaningful federal criminal justice

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reform in a generation. Our influential role: We In 21 Principles for the 21st Century Prosecutor,
opposed a House bill because it lacked sentencing published with Fair and Just Prosecution and
reform. With a strong bipartisan group of Senate New York Times reporter Emily Bazelon, we offer
sponsors, we pushed hard for a better plan. Once practical steps for prosecutors to transform their
the Senate added provisions to cut the number of profession – to mete out justice and mercy.
people entering prison, we mobilized support: The
New York Times cited our views in key editorials; Restoring Voting Rights for
Law Enforcement Leaders gave politically vital Formerly Incarcerated People
backing; Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), a former member
of our group, praised the Brennan Center on the An ugly remnant of Jim Crow, Florida had a
Senate floor. lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a
felony. More than 1.4 million could not vote –
Crafting State and Local Reform. disproportionately people of color. One in five black
As the federal law passed, we issued a slate of Floridians were permanently disenfranchised.
model state reforms – the only comprehensive
package focused on reducing prison populations. The Brennan Center challenged Florida’s law two
It would cut imprisonment nationwide by 39 decades ago. We lost in court then, but pressed
percent without risking public safety. on. Three years ago, our experts helped write
Amendment 4 to take the question to the people.
A remarkable coalition – civil rights groups, faith
leaders, conservatives, and formerly incarcerated

people themselves – fought tenaciously to get the
measure on the ballot and to garner public support.

In December, Congress On Election Day, it won a resounding victory –

passing with 65 percent of the vote. This is the

enacted the FIRST STEP Act,

single greatest expansion of voting rights since
passage of the 26th Amendment in 1971.

the most meaningful criminal

justice reform in a generation.

Q&A Myrna Pérez
Deputy Director, Democracy

The restoration of voting rights to When I was young, my Tía Rosie used to take
Florida residents with previous felony me to vote when she voted on my way to school.
convictions was a monumental advance. I love voting. I love being with my neighbors. I love
How did that come about? going into my firehouse and seeing other people
It was decades in the making. It came from the who care. I love the poll workers, even when they
commitment of many, many people – persons mess up. I think the vote is a tangible and powerful
formerly incarcerated, activists, funders and symbol of the best of what this country can be.
scholars. The Brennan Center sued the state two
decades ago but didn’t prevail. We kept at it. After Now, in my office at the Brennan Center, I have
years of advocacy the coalition decided to try a photos of LBJ signing the Voting Rights Act, RFK,
constitutional amendment. We conducted research Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Dr. King. They remind
and worked with groups on the ground to draft its us not to be wimpy in our pursuit of justice. It’s not
language. It needed 60 percent to pass. In the end, supposed to be easy. It’s supposed to be hard.
it got 64 percent. Election Day was indescribably
moving. My religious faith tells me that people can How can we make it easier for all people to
be transformed. The idea that a vote could participate in our democracy?
transform people — it changes someone from an We need to fundamentally reform our justice
outsider to a citizen — is something that is really system so that it is more fair and effective. And we
easy to get behind. need to end the disenfranchisement of Americans
in our communities who have criminal convictions
What moves you to do this work? in their past. We should adopt reforms like
The great civil rights historian Taylor Branch always automatic voter registration. We can increase early
calls the vote “a little piece of nonviolence.” I believe voting opportunities. And we can provide more
in the power of the vote. I believe in the commitment public education about the importance of voting.
that our country makes to resolving our political The incredibly high turnout in 2018 is a strong
differences. People who vote say, “I care about my signal to me that Americans have said, “enough!”

country, and it’s part of my right and responsibility But we have a long way to go.
to influence the direction of the country.”

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Our Work/The Constitution

Our country is stronger when we protect Defending the Rule of Law

fundamental freedoms. But today, the Checking Executive Power.
constitutional order is under threat. Rules are Democracy depends on unwritten norms –
invisible guardrails that protect against abuse.
broken. Rights are violated. Checks and balances Donald Trump routinely smashes these norms.
Yet he’s not the first president to upend
are ignored. Too often, it feels as if we are constitutional tradition. And as has happened
one tweet away from a constitutional crisis. throughout history, reform will follow.

In 2018, the Brennan Center set out to turn these

The Brennan Center’s vision: The Constitution soft norms into hard law. We launched the National
Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy, co-chaired
as a charter for a robust democracy, marked by former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and former
by equality, where fundamental freedoms are New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
Former senators, governors, and top officials from
safeguarded and abuse curbed. both parties crafted a plan to restore the rule of law.

Among its provisions: new laws to require

ILLUSTRATION: Heads of State

candidates for president and vice president to

release personal and business tax returns.

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Ethics rules, applied for the first time to the Ensuring Religious Freedom
president. A stronger Office of Government Ethics.
And protections for the independence of law Combating Profiling and Discrimination.
enforcement, including a law to shield special When the Trump White House announced its
counsels from arbitrary firing. Muslim travel ban in 2017, the Brennan Center
fought back. We represent Eblal Zakzok, a professor
Checking Presidential Emergency Powers. and Syrian refugee whose daughter is blocked from
In December, ahead of President Trump's joining her family in the United States. Despite
declaration of an emergency, The Atlantic setbacks, court proceedings continue. Justice Sonia
published our yearlong investigation, based on Sotomayor’s dissent in Trump v. Hawaii relied on
work with a bipartisan group of former national information unearthed by a Brennan Center lawsuit.
security officials and civil libertarians. It catalogued
136 statutes that give a president vast power in Our work goes deeper: We did research that
case of crisis, actual or imagined. They cover exposed a bureaucratic response that serves as a
almost every imaginable subject area, including de facto Muslim ban, “extreme vetting” of visitors.
the military, land use, public health, trade, federal We helped block an Immigration and Customs
pay schedules, agriculture, transportation, Enforcement plan to use over-reaching software
communications, and criminal law. The President's algorithms and online monitoring as a vetting tool.
declaration highlights the space for potential
approach reform of the legal system for Protecting the Integrity
national emergencies. of the Courts
Fair and Impartial Courts.

A fair and impartial justice system is at great risk
in America. Most Americans think cash rules the
courts – and alarmingly, so do nearly half of state

Most Americans think

judges. State and federal courts don’t reflect the
diversity of the communities they serve. Today,
courts are a battleground for politics, with dark
cash rules the courts — and money flowing into judicial races, and repeated
attacks on judges and the legitimacy of our judicial

alarmingly, so do nearly system from government’s highest levels.

half of state judges. The Brennan Center fights to protect the courts
from politicization — convening experts, publishing
proposals for reform, and calling out what’s at stake
when judicial independence is threatened.

Q&A Liza Goitein
Co-Director, Liberty & National Security

Why does the president have abused emergency powers in a significant way,
emergency powers? that could do serious and even lasting damage
These powers are based on a sound idea: that to democracy and the rule of law.
ordinary laws might not be enough in a true crisis.
That’s because emergencies are, by their nature, I’ve been worried about other things since long
unpredictable. Emergency powers are meant to before Trump was elected. Before 9/11, intelligence
fill that gap, to give the president additional and law enforcement agencies operated on the
flexibility for a temporary period. principle that they would not collect private
information on Americans or conduct surveillance
When President Trump declared a national on them unless there was a reason to suspect
emergency to secure money to build the border wrongdoing. There was no bulk collection of
wall, you had just published a trove of research. information on Americans. That has really changed.
How did you achieve such perfect timing? Protections were dismantled, leading to surveillance
When Trump was elected, I immediately of Muslim Americans and other abuses.
thought, “What if 9/11 happened under this
president’s watch?” My fears were exacerbated I am also alarmed by the anti-immigrant sentiment
when Trump issued the Muslim ban, because that that this president has inflamed in the country. I have
was an emergency response in the absence of any 8-year-old twins who attend a bilingual school where
emergency whatsoever. So, I started researching half of their class is native Spanish speakers. When
emergency powers, and it didn’t take long for Trump was elected, they knew they had classmates
me to discover weaknesses in our existing with family members who were at risk of deportation.
legal framework. There’s no way to hide it in that setting.

What keeps you up at night? What’s next on your plate?

Emergency powers! It’s the president’s broad This is a real moment to start developing and

authority to declare a national emergency and the advocating for policy changes to build checks and
powers he acquires when he does that. If he balances into the emergency powers legal system.

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Shaping the Narrative


policy change starts

with winning in the OVERALL MEDIA

court of public opinion.
That’s why Brennan
Center has forged a COVERAGE IN
IN 2018

new organizational THE NEW YORK TIMES

model that incorporates


communications work 4.1
as a central strategy. THE WASHINGTON POST
Our experts authored
21 publications in 46% PAGE VIEWS

2018, groundbreaking
work that more than POLITICO AUDIENCE GREW TO

66% 109,000
doubled our press
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coverage year-on-year. TIMES

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Van Jones in Conversation
with Darren Walker
CNN’s Van Jones (right)
and Ford Foundation
president Darren Walker
discussed mass incarceration
and the fight for social
and legal change in a
polarized America.

New Ideas,
New Audiences
The Brennan Center hosted more than
30 public events and discussions in 2018
— providing fuel for new thinking, while
sharpening persuasive arguments aimed
at lawmakers and the public alike.


Trouble Makers
Cecile Richards,
former Planned Parenthood
President (right), and
Alyssa Mastromonaco,
President Obama’s deputy
chief of staff, discussed
the new power of women
in politics.
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Revolution Unfinished
Fifty years after the assassination
of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., former Rep. Donna Edwards
(D-MD) and former Republican
National Committee Chairman
The Constitution Michael Steele (right) joined Brennan
vs. Trumpism Center Fellow Ted Johnson to reflect
From left, lawyers on King's life and legacy.
Elizabeth Wydra
(president, Constitu-
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tional Accountability
Center), Neal Katyal
(former acting solicitor
general of the U.S.) and
Brennan Center’s Faiza
Patel (co-director,
Liberty & National
Security Program),
gathered to discuss
challenges to the rule
of law in 2018.

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David Frum in Conversation
An Uncivil War: Taking
with Trevor Morrison
Back Our Democracy
Conservative writer David
Washington Post opinion
reporter Greg Sargent (below Frum (left) joined NYU Law
left) discusses the Trump era Dean Trevor Morrison to
with Pulitzer Prize-winning examine how President Trump
playwright Robert Schenkkan, and his administration have
author of plays “All the Way” undermined our most
and “The Kentucky Cycle.” important public institutions
The two discussed President — media freedom, judicial
Trump’s role in a democratic independence, and the right to
crisis of hyper-partisanship, have one’s vote counted fairly.
dismal civic engagement,
and foreign interference in
our elections.

The 2020 Census: What’s at Stake

From left, Brennan Center’s Wendy Weiser joined Mexican
American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Thomas Saenz,
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Vanita Gupta,
and New York City official Joseph J. Salvo.

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The Equal Rights Amendment: A Century in the Making

The Brennan Center examined the renewed push to enshrine gender equality in
the Constitution and ratify the ERA. From left, Irin Carmon, co-author of
Notorious RBG; Brennan Center’s John Kowal; Carol Jenkins, co-president and CEO
of the ERA Coalition; Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Brennan Center’s inaugural Women and
Democracy fellow, and Jamia Wilson, executive director of the Feminist Press.

How Voter
Suppression is Carnegie Hall Festival
Damaging Our on the 1960s: Voting Rights
Democracy Then and Now
Emory University In partnership with Carnegie
Professor Carol Hall, the Brennan Center
Anderson (left) and hosted legendary journalist and
former NAACP President LBJ aide Bill Moyers (left),
Cornell William Brooks, with Kristen Clarke of the
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now at the Harvard Lawyers’ Committee for Civil

Kennedy School, discuss Rights Under Law.
the history of voter

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2018 honorees
Christine Todd Whitman
The annual Brennan Legacy
(left) and Preet Bharara
(right) with moderator
Awards Dinner pays tribute to
Errol Louis.
the legacy of Supreme Court
Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
by celebrating business and
civic leaders who exemplify
his values and vision.
On November 13, 2018, we
honored former U.S. Attorney
for the Southern District of
New York Preet Bharara and

2018 Brennan
former New Jersey Governor
Christine Todd Whitman for

their lifelong commitment to
public service and shared
leadership of the National

Task Force on Rule of Law &
Democracy. We also honored
the company Salesforce as a

vital force at the intersection

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of social justice, corporate
responsibility, and technology.
TOP LEFT: Michael
Waldman, President of
Brennan Center for

BOTTOM LEFT: From left,

Brennan Center’s
Myrna Pérez; Sascha
Rand, partner, Quinn
Emanuel; director of
Brennan Center’s
Washington, D.C. office
Spencer Boyer; and Jon
Oblak, partner, Quinn


State Attorney General
Letitia James with
Preet Bharara.


left, Brennan Center’s
Natalie Tennant and
Brennan Center board
co-chair Patricia
Bauman with Christine
Todd Whitman.


left, Brennan Center
board co-chair Bob
Atkins; Amy Weaver of
Salesforce; and
Brennan Center board
member Franz Paasche.

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Cynthia Crossen and James Gleick Arnold & Porter Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP
CS Fund/Warsh Mott Legacy Bank of America Latham & Watkins LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Leslie and Ashish Bhutani Lederer Foundation
Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan The Herb Block Foundation Linda-Eling Lee
Edwards Family Fund Boies Schiller Flexner LLP The Lehman-Stamm Family Fund
Jason Flom Butler Family Fund Leslie Fund, Inc.
Mark Friedman and Marjorie Solomon Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. John Levy and Gail Rothenberg
Robert Goodman and Jayne Lipman The Donald & Carole Chaiken Foundation The Lutz Fund
Gardner Grout Foundation The Clements Family MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Lee Halprin and Abby Rockefeller Comcast NBCUniversal Microsoft
The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation Covington & Burling LLP Rebecca and Nathan Milikowsky
Kanter Family Foundation Crowell & Moring LLP Ken Miller and Lybess Sweezy
Alexander and Elizabeth Kendall Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Joan K. Davidson (The J.M. Kaplan Fund) Leo Model Foundation
Susheel Kirpalani Craig Dessen and Kerrie Horrocks Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, & Anello PC
Martin and Ruth Krall Howard Dickstein and Jeannine English Douglas and Sue-Ellen Myers
Ruth Lazarus and Michael Feldberg† Dolotta Family Charitable Foundation National Basketball Association
Christopher Mayer and Linda Martinson Mayer Edelman O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation Evolve Foundation Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Media Democracy Fund Barbara Eyman and Robert Antonisse PepsiCo
The Betty Millard Foundation Susan Sachs Goldman† Petrillo Klein & Boxer LLP

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Pfizer Inc Dechert LLP The Silver Foundation

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation Barbara B. Simons
Steven Alan Reiss and Mary Mattingly† Strachan Donnelley Charitable Trust Nancy and John Solana
Alice and Ben Reiter Lillian H. Florsheim Foundation Mary C. Steele
Charles H. Revson Foundation Fund for the Future at the Rockefeller Family Fund Frances W. Stevenson
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP General Atlantic Foundation Stephen Stublarec and Debra Belaga Family Fund
Larry and Wendy Rockefeller Brooke Gladstone and Fred Kaplan The Hyman Levine Family Foundation: L’Dor V’Dor
Josh and Sydney Rosenkranz† Alfred & Ann Goldstein Charitable Foundation, Inc. Timothy and Sally Tomlinson
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP David and Sylvia Goodman Christine Varney and Tom Graham
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr. Gloria Jarecki, The Brightwater Fund Philippe and Kate Villers
Sidley Austin LLP Marc and Jean Kahn Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Amy and Jeffrey Silverman Jerold S. Kayden Holly Swan Wright
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Richard and Lisa Kendall
SLC Giving Fund Daniel Kramer and Judith Mogul $1,000 - $4,999
Barbra Streisand John Larse Don and Beth Abbott
Lawrence Summers and Elisa New Lashof Family Giving Account William Ackerman
Travelers Joan Lazarus Albrecht Family Foundation
Trehan Foundation Bernard Lewis Fund of the Jewish Kathleen Allaire
Scott and Christy Wallace† Community Foundation Douglas Allchin
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Jonathan Marshall Machelle H. Allen, MD
William B. Wiener, Jr. Foundation Patricia Nelson Matkowski Edith W. and Frederick P. Allen
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Bozena and John McLees Judith Alper
The Winkler Family Foundation (CA) Menemsha Family Fund Robert H. Alsdorf
Wendy C. Wolf Jane and Richard A. Mescon Anonymous, in memory of Edward W. Keane
21st Century Fox Lucile Swift Miller Anonymous, in memory of Solomon L. Kornbluh
Kit Miller Brynn Arborico
$5,000 - $9,999 Bonnie Mills and Doug Eicher The Arnhold Foundation, Inc.
The Akili Fund Karen Morris and Alan Levenson Kerith Aronow and Saul Shapiro
Theodore Babbitt Franz Paasche† Astor Street Foundation, Inc.
Daniel Baumol and Sabrina L. Lee Anoop and Sangeeta Prasad Paul and Sarah Auvil
Jeff Benjamin The Rosewater Fund Julia Backoff
The Birches Foundation Jacqueline P. Rubin and Matthew Healey Benjamin M. Baker
Carol Black and Neal Marlens Trink and Ernie Schurian Charitable Gift Fund Kit Bakke and Peter Russo
BLT Charitable Trust Security & Rights Collaborative, David R. Ballon
Michael Bosworth a Proteus Fund initiative Hugh Bangasser
Donald S. and Gayle D. Collat Charitable Fund Sidney Stern Memorial Trust Stuart J. Baskin†
Richard Cotton† Claire Silberman Richard and Taylor Beale Family Fund


Jennifer and Peter Beckman Donald K. Dankner Edward Friedman

John and Elizabeth Bednarski David, Adrianne and Jordan Rubin Fund David Quinn Gacioch/The Gacioch Family
Colleen Begley Florence A. Davis The GE Foundation
Dr. Judith E. Belsky Sean M. Davis The Genz and Ramirez Fund
Anne C. Bender Charitable Remainder Unitrust Tom Dethlefs Julie Ann Giacobassi and Zach Hall
Karen Berg DHS Fund: Dignity, Hope, Service Gary Ginsberg and Susanna Aaron
Elwyn and Jennifer Berlekamp Directions for Rural Action Fund Daniel A. Ginsburg
Zachary Bernstein Gregory L. Diskant Ryan Glassman
Richard and Eleanor Berry Stephen and Minda Dolmatch Charitable Fund Renee Kamm Goff and Neal Goff
Ann C. Bertino and Joseph L. Pellis II The Double E Foundation Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Dana H. Bettinger George Driesen Ellen L. and Jonathan L. Goldstein
Alex Bloom Patricia Dunbar Peter J. Gollon
Blue Heron Charitable Fund Catherine Dunlay Ellen Gordon
Jabe Blumenthal Susan and Thomas Dunn Tyler Gottlieb
Sean O'Donnell Bosack Karen Egerer and Richard M. Johnson William Graebner and Dianne Bennett
Hon. Alain Bourgeois Sam Ehrlichman Danielle C. Gray†
Benjamin Brafman Owen Ellickson Francis Greenburger
Richard Bronstein and Eileen Silvers Richard D. Emery The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation
Richard B. and Jill Brosnick Dr. and Mrs. Bulent Ender The Stewart and Constance Greenfield Foundation
Michelle Burg Lottie E. Esteban Lee Greenhouse and Flora Lazar
Brian Burke and Lynn Margherio The Eureka Foundation, Inc. Jean Greenwald and Anthony Greenwald
Michael Burns Alexander Ewing and Wynn Senning Sean and Alisha Griffey
Alison Butler Fred Farkouh Frank Grobman
Michael Byowitz and Ruth Holzer Thomas Faust Deborah Caplan Groening
Steve and Buffy Caflisch James D. Fearon and Lisa T. Derrer Liz Kanter Groskind and Eric Groskind
Jerry Carle Ira M. Feinberg Elaina and Gary Gross
Suzana Carlos Lee Feldman Stanley M. Grossman
James E. Castello† Elizabeth and James Fentress Elizabeth L. Grossman and Joshua L. Boorstein
William G. Cavanagh Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC Antonia M. Grumbach
Brad and Judy Chase Harriet and Michael Finck Boaz Gurdin
Melissa Chen Andrew Fitch Brian Haag
Richard Chernick Dr. Peter L. Flom Helen Haje
Christ House Mark A. Foltz John H. Hall
Alison Cichowlas Stephen and Lynda Fox Kimberley D. Harris†
Howard Clyman and Kathleen A. Roberts Andrew J. Frackman Mark I. Harrison
Naomi and Harvey Cohen Franklin Philanthropic Foundation Richard and Janet Hart
Mary Catherine Cuff and William Wolf Daniel French and Rosann Tung Michael and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

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David C. Heilbron Jay Laefer The Morrison and Foerster Foundation

Mark R. Hellerer Bruce and Susanne Landau Melissa Murray and Joshua Hill†
Vic Henningsen and Susan McCaslin William and Ann Lansing Stephen Myers
Stephen Henry Jessica Ledbetter and Ranee Barsanti Shawn Naunton
Stacey Herzing Richard and Madeleine Lenski The New World Foundation
Mary and Tom Heyman Andrew J. Levander The New York Bar Foundation
Christopher Hill and Susan Flicop C. Stephen Lewis James Nicoll
William Himwich Jennifer Lewis and Marc Bernstein John and Leslie J. Oberdorfer
Stephanie Holmes Linda Lichter Liz and Gus Oliver
Deborah Holtz Amy and Steve Lipin Diane Parker
Ross Hooper Sheralyn Listgarten Marcus Paroske
Elizabeth B. Hughes Robert M. Lofthus Brian and Erin Pastuszenski
Harold Ickes Richard Loudis and Carol Lidsker Elizabeth (Libba) Patterson
Samuel Issacharoff, Professor, NYU Law Beth and Michael Luey Caren and Larry Peters
Peter and Karen Jakes Tom Lyons The Pew Charitable Trusts
Thomas and Betsy Jennings Yael Mandelstam and Ken Tabachnick Sandra Phillips-Rogers
James E. Johnson and Nancy Northup Craig C. Martin Ruth and Stephen Pollak
Roger T. and Linda Johnson Philip H. Martin Michael Pollan and Judith Belzer
Harvey Jones Jim Masson and Katie Heinrich Deborah Poore
John and Lisa Jones Susan McCalley Caroline Pozycki
The Justice and Health Fund Timothy McCormally Carol Preisig and Katherine A.P. Com
Susan Kaiden Thomas F. McLarty III Tamara and Jeremy Preiss
Nancy Ann Stern Karetsky David and Michela McMahon Hope and Michael Proper
Robert J. Katz Priscilla McMillan Christopher and Cynthia Pyle
Gregory E. Keller Richard L. and Ronay Menschel The Christopher Quilter Fund
David N. Kelley Josephine A. Merck Ellen Quinn
Robert and Wendy Kenney MGG Foundation Helen and Dan Quinn
Priscilla Kersten Prof. Frank I. Michelman Joshua Radnor
Katherine King and Eli Brandt Ronald J. Miller Drew Raines
Clay K. Kirk Nelson Minar Alan Ramo and Leslie Rose
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James Klumpner Jessie Mishkin Rebecca L. Rawls
Kathleen Knepper Nik Mittal Raymond Global Account
Victor and Sarah Kovner Donald Moldover Jonathan Reiss and Micki Kaplan Reiss
Shyam Krishnan Ruthanne Marie Morentz Margaret Renik
Stephen F. Kunkel Mary and Malcolm Morris Richard L. Revesz and Vicki Been†
Labaton Sucharow LLP Ross E. Morrison Cathleen and Scott Richland


Walter Rieman Paul M. Smith Linden and Judith Welch

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Richard K. Robbins Margaret R. Somers Alford Williams
Loren Rodgers Susan Sommer and Stephen Warnke William J. Williams, Jr.
Sidney and Linda Rosdeitcher The Jocelyn and Alyssa Spencer Charitable Fund H. Leabah Winter
The Rose-Scutari Family Gene Sperling and Allison Abner Frank Wohl
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The Eric and Laurie Roth Charitable Fund Richard and Meredith Stark Fredric Woocher†
Sidney Rothberg and Susan Robbins Rothberg James L. Stengel Susan D. Woolf
William S. Rubenstein Richard and Judith Stern Family Foundation Peter M. Wright
Ethan and Kyla Ryman Mark and Mary Stevens Bruce E. Yannett
Bradley and Nancy Sabel Sybil L. Stokes Jean Yngve
Lynn and John Sachs Antonia Stolper and Robert Fertik Isaac Zacharias
William Samson, MD Alan J. Stone, Esq. Charles Zimmer
Sard Verbinnen and Co. Galen Stucky The David and Mary Zimmer Charitable Gift Fund
John F. Savarese† Zachary Sturges and Parvin Moyne Robert Zimmerman
Rick Schaffer David and Catherine Sullivan Craig Zimmerman and Ellen Tenenbaum
John Schapiro and Harriet Dichter† Steve and Ellen Susman Mary Linda and Victor Zonana
Michael L. Schler Robert Edward Swanton
Bruce Schnelwar and Lyn Rosensweig Swennes Family Fund Special Thanks
Eugene Schwartz TarverWalls Foundation Our deepest thanks to The Kohlberg
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Robert M. Sedgwick Alice Tenney anonymous supporters; and to the Democracy
Evan J. Segal Loren Theodore Alliance Partners and staff for their
Cathy Seidenberg Joel Thibault longstanding commitment to our work.
Ann and Irwin Sentilles Thomas Tudor
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Timothy Shepard and Andra Georges Ruby Vogelfanger
Jane C. Sherburne Joan Wagers
Joan Sherman Hon. Jenonne Walker
Shlenker Block Fund John F. Walz
Amanda Silver Paul F. Washington
Julia and Daniel Small Roger Weisberg and Karen Freedman
Gordon Smith Catherine Weiss

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In 2018, the Brennan Center for Justice Our work depends on the support of our
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