Ryan Snow serves as Counsel with the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. His work focuses on litigation and advocacy defending and advancing the fundamental right to vote, and to ensure that all Americans have equal and meaningful access to our democracy, regardless of race, wealth, age, language, dis/ability, or other identity or circumstance. Ryan works with local, state, and national partners to enforce compliance with federal and state election law, ensure fair and equitable redistricting and election administration, and provide information and assistance to voters through the Election Protection program. He currently serves as the Voting Rights Project’s lead or co-lead attorney in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, and Virginia.
Ryan joined the Lawyers’ Committee in September 2018 after earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in May 2018. Ryan has previously served as a legal intern with the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and as a student clinician with the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Born and raised in Stanford, California, Ryan graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. He then worked as a professional trombonist, improviser, composer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York from 2005 to 2015. From 2011 to 2014, he toured the country, playing over 500 shows in 45 states. During that time, witnessing a series of Supreme Court decisions allowing severe burdens on the right to vote while enshrining money as protected speech, Ryan felt a moral duty to join the fight for equal access to democracy, to serve communities of color and other marginalized communities, and to work toward a society that works for all.
Bar Admissions: Admitted in the District of Columbia.
Publications: Ryan Snow, Legislative Control over Redistricting as Conflicts of Interest: Addressing the Problem of Partisan Gerrymandering Using State Conflicts of Interest Law, 165 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 147 (2017) (view article here)