Legal Mobilization Project
Building on the success of implementing large-scale pro bono projects, the Legal Mobilization Project (LMP) was established in 2009 to develop a comprehensive, multi-dimensional approach to tackle today’s civil rights issues. Using the skill of attorneys, organizers and a technologist, LMP systematically and strategically develops methods to work across all subject areas through pro bono, organizing, technology, infrastructure building, litigation, public policy and public education to implement the Lawyers’ Committee’s mission.
Election Protection (EP):
Following the 2000 election, which highlighted the shortcomings and failures of administering U.S. elections, the non-partisan Election Protection (“EP”) coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Since 2004, the Lawyers’ Committee has led Election Protection in coordination and partnership with non-partisan efforts across the country to educate voters on their rights and provide real-time and on-the-ground support to voters as they head to the polls. Key components of Election Protection include the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline and voter protection field programs across the country, which provide Americans with comprehensive voter information and guidance on how they can make sure their vote is counted.
In partnership with the Voting Rights Project, the Legal Mobilization Project works to develop and implement the infrastructure needed to deploy thousands of Election Protection legal volunteers to help voters on the phones and at the polls. LMP also revamped the Our Vote Live online database, which is critical to documenting and capturing the American voting experience. In addition, LMP attorneys and organizers not only provide support during the election cycle, they work throughout the year with state partners, election administrators and advocates to address problems that arise and recommend improvements to the electoral process.