Created Oct 15, 2013


National Civil Rights Attorney more

Barbara R. Arnwine, president & executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) since 1989, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. She also created the legendary Voting Rights "Map of Shame" in 2011, which remains popular. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion civil rights and racial justice issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing and lending, community development, employment, voting, education, and environmental justice. Ms. Arnwine's work also includes women's rights, immigrant rights, judicial diversity, criminal justice reform, racial profiling, health care disparities and LBGTQ rights.

She is a well-known leader of Election Protection, the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, launched in 2004 to assist historically disenfranchised persons to exercise the fundamental right to vote.

Ms. Arnwine has received numerous national, regional and local awards including the National Bar Association's Vince Monroe Townsend, Jr., Legends Award (2014) and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award (2013). She is a frequent conference orator and has penned numerous articles and is regularly quoted and featured by national and local media outlets.

Ms. Arnwine is board vice-chair of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and serves on the board of directors of MomsRising and Independent Sector. She is an honorary board member of and is also a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.



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Issues Voting Rights