Robert M. Brandon
President and Co-Founder Mr. Brandon co-founded the Fair Elections Legal Network in 2006 as a national, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve overall election administration through administrative, legal, and legislative reform. FELN provides technical assistance, materials and legal analysis and support to a variety of mobilization organizations representing students and youth, minorities and other underrepresented groups. Mr. Brandon has more than 35 years of public policy, legislative, media and campaign experience at the federal, state and local levels. He has specialized in health policy, tax policy, access to higher education and internet policy at federal agencies, in Congress, and at the state and local level. Mr. Brandon has experience in all aspects of election law, how mobilization organizations interact with those laws and on voter suppression. Over the last 10 years, he has held trainings on election law, interacted with election officials and non-profit voter registration and voter engagement organizations. He chairs the health planning agency for Washington DC. Mr. Brandon has been an advisor to the White House on health care strategy and an adjunct lecturer in law at the George Washington University Law School. He has written and testified extensively, and appeared on numerous national TV and radio shows. He received his JD from the National Law Center at George Washington University where he was an editor of the Law Journal and elected Order of the Coif, and received his BA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He has written and testified extensively, and appeared on numerous national and local TV and radio shows. Mr. Brandon is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Founder Elizabeth Holtzman is Counsel to Herrick, Feinstein, LLP, which she joined after twenty years of distinguished government service. She served in the United States House of Representatives for eight years and won national attention for her role on the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate. During her eight years as District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn, NY), she successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court, pioneered new strategies for prosecuting various crimes and led the effort to overturn a law permitting removal of blacks from juries. The only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City, she made affordable housing a priority. She also authored a gun manufacturer liability bill that was signed into law. Ms. Holtzman was appointed by President Clinton to the Nazi and Japanese Imperial War Criminal Records Interagency Working Group, which oversees the declassification of U.S. government Nazi war crimes files. Ms. Holtzman has also been appointed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel. Ms. Holtzman can be reached by email at email@example.com
Senior Counsel Jon Sherman serves as senior counsel with the Fair Elections Legal Network. Prior to joining FELN, Mr. Sherman clerked in Phoenix, Arizona for Judge Barry Silverman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also litigated challenges to voter ID laws, Voting Rights Act lawsuits, and ballot access cases with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project in Atlanta; clerked for Chief Judge George H. King of the United States District Court for the Central District of California; and worked as a litigation associate at WilmerHale LLP in Washington, DC. During law school, Mr. Sherman interned with Senator Russ Feingold’s Judiciary Committee counsel and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in Lahore. Mr. Sherman holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from Harvard University. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Vote Project Director Michael Burns is the National Director for Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project. He spent over five years working in electoral politics prior to law school, including two years as the Executive Director of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. During law school Mike was enrolled in CUA’s Law and Public Policy Certificate program and was awarded a Dulin-Haynes fellowship upon completion. Mike has worked with all kinds of institutions of higher education from across the country to help them understand the effects different election administration systems have on their campus community and how they can help their students register to vote and access the ballot. He has a J.D. from The Catholic University of America and a B.S. in political science with a minor in history from Longwood University. He is a member of the Virginia Bar. Mr. Burns can be reached at email@example.com.
Michelle Kanter Cohen
Counsel Michelle Kanter Cohen serves as counsel with the Fair Elections Legal Network. Prior to joining FELN, Ms. Kanter Cohen spent five years at Project Vote as a litigator and advocate for voting rights, focusing on the areas of voter registration and election administration. She previously worked as a litigation associate at WilmerHale LLP in Washington, DC. As a law student, Ms. Kanter Cohen interned for the late Judge Reginald C. Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Massachusetts Bar (inactive). Ms. Kanter Cohen earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School, and a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Yale University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Vote Project National Program Director Debi Lombardi is the National Field Director for Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project. Prior to working at Campus Vote Project, Debi spent four years as an organizer at Forward Montana and Forward Montana Foundation. There, she did everything from statewide voter registration drives to developing new high school internship programs. She has a B.A. in political science from the University of Montana-Missoula. Debi is excited to be working with colleges and universities to improve voting access for students and enhance democracy. She can be reached at dlombardi@campusvoteproject.
Communications and Policy Manager Kristen Muthig is the Communications and Policy Manager for the Fair Elections Legal Network. Kristen Muthig manages day-to-day communications and media relations. Before starting at FELN, Ms. Muthig spent seven years in Ohio working with school districts, community colleges, libraries and other nonprofits on their ongoing communications, long-term planning, and strategy for their ballot issue campaigns. She also has experience as a reporter for the Norwalk Reflector and Cincinnati Enquirer, and as a copyeditor for Knight Ridder Tribune. Ms. Muthig has her M.A. in communications management from John Carroll University and her B.A. in English/journalism and political science from Miami University. Ms. Muthig can be reached at email@example.com.
Digital Communications and Grants Officer Erica Evans is Fair Election Legal Network’s Digital Communications and Grants Officer. Ms. Evans earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from the George Washington University and received a Master’s Degree in Political Management from the same institution. Ms. Evans has formerly worked in communications at National Public Radio and Amnesty International and has volunteered time on several state-wide political campaigns. Ms. Evans can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.