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Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Forum

A Government of, by, and for [Some] People: Systems of Voter Disenfranchisement

Leading up to a highly-contested presidential election, the Sparer Forum will focus on access to voting, particularly structural barriers to equal access such as poverty, disability, and criminal records. This systemic disenfranchisement of significant communities—disproportionately racial minorities and other marginalized groups—limits local, state, and federal democracy. The discussion among experts and advocates on election law and voting equality will also include reform and activism efforts.

This program is a two hour-long Zoom discussion with ample opportunity for audience questions.


Christina Asbee, Director (Assistive Technology and Voter Access Programs), Disability Rights New York (DRNY)

Wilfred U. Codrington III, Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School 

Jan Combopiano, Senior Policy Director and member of the Executive Committee, Brooklyn Voters Alliance


Cynthia Godsoe, Professor of Law; Director, Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program

Meredith Wiles '22, Sparer Fellow, Brooklyn Law School

The Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program

Brooklyn Law School alumnus, Professor Edward V. Sparer, was one of the leading poverty lawyers in this country. The Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program was established in 1986 to honor him and encourage law students and lawyers to carry on his legacy. Learn more about the Sparer Fellowship program.

For general inquiries regarding this event, please contact the Brooklyn Law School Office of Events at or (718) 780-7966.
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