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July 29, 2021

New York City, July 29, 2021– Building upon his vast experience with election law and the protection of voting access, Stroock Special Counsel Jerry H. Goldfeder last week was named chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Task Force on Voting Rights and Democracy. The task force will review voting laws across the United States and consider reforms where necessary.

The NYSBA launched  its blue-ribbon task force as more than two dozen states made access to the fair casting of ballots more difficult, while several are making it easier to overturn= the results of free and fair elections. The task force’s primary goal will be to provide substantive recommendations and analysis to lawyers, policymakers, legislators and journalists on how to best safeguard one of our nation’s fundamental rights.

“We have assembled an impressive panel of highly regarded legal scholars and voting rights advocates,” Goldfeder said. “We will tap into their collective expertise to analyze the issues before us and help policymakers, the legal profession, and the public combat the restrictive laws that are being adopted or are under consideration in many states.”

Mr. Goldfeder specializes in election and campaign finance law, public integrity investigations, and regulatory compliance, amassing a career spanning more than 40 years and dozens of election cycles. Prior to joining Stroock, he served as special counsel for public integrity to former New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo. He is a special adviser to the Standing Committee on Election Law of the American Bar Association and has served as chair of the Election Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He chaired NYSBA’s 2020 Task Force on the Presidential Election. Since 2003, he has taught Election Law at Fordham Law School, where he was voted Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2015 and 2019. 

In addition to Mr. Goldfeder’s respected experience with election law, Stroock’s Public Service Project, the firm’s pro bono program, provides substantive counsel and related support to election security initiatives across the country. The firm also counsels elected and appointed public officials, candidates, political committees and PACs, unions, not-for-profit and for-profit corporations  on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters, including ballot access, campaign finance, lobbying and ethics issues.

“The right to vote is fundamental and  establishes a benchmark for public participation; it must be protected and preserved,” said NYSBA President T. Andrew Brown in  the association's announcement. “This hallmark of our democracy is under siege, particularly for disenfranchised individuals whose interests are already underrepresented and whose voices are too often silenced. We cannot sit idly by while this occurs and must ensure we’re doing everything possible to deliver on the promise of free and fair elections.”

For more information, including a full list of the task force’s participants, please visit the NYSBA online here.