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Julie
Ebenstein

Leading up to the 2012 general election, Julie was a staff attorney with the ACLU of Florida.  She was counsel in several voting rights cases, including litigation preventing reductions to early voting, a successful constitutional challenge to restrictions on voter registration drives, a challenge to Florida’s purge of the state voter rolls, and a challenge to the non-uniformity of elections laws among Florida counties.  She also wrote and testified on the disparate impact of felon disfranchisement and the intersection of over-criminalization and voting rights.

Before joining the ACLU, Julie focused on refugee protection issues, working first with the International Rescue Committee on the Thailand-Myanmar border, then with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa.  Prior to law school, Julie served as Policy & Advocacy Associate with the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Julie is a graduate of Columbia University and Fordham University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in New York and Florida, as well as D.C. District Courts.

Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy

Millions of Americans Are Cut Out of Our Democracy

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:53pm
On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his support for restoring voting rights to citizens who have committed a felony, once they have served their prison term, completed parole or probation, and paid any restitution fines. While the ACLU believes rights should be restored automatically upon release from prison and being too poor to pay fines shouldn't leave you without a voice in our democracy, this is an important step in the right direction.
"One Man, One Vote": Nelson Mandela on Voting Rights

"One Man, One Vote": Nelson Mandela on Voting Rights

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:59pm

Last week, the world lost a great man, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Madiba's uncompromising commitment to self-determination was a first principle of his struggle against apartheid and toward racial equality. In his first television interview…

Voter Suppression is a Badder, Broader, More Bigoted Problem Than Just This Guy

Voter Suppression is a Badder, Broader, More Bigoted Problem Than Just This Guy

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 2:48pm

On The Daily Show Wednesday, we had the misfortune of hearing from North Carolina GOP executive committee member Don Yelton, whose despicable comments on North Carolina's new voter suppression law included "if it hurts a bunch of lazy Blacks that want…

Happy National Voter Registration Day (Unless You Live in Kansas)

Happy National Voter Registration Day (Unless You Live in Kansas)

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 5:29pm

Today is National Voter Registration Day, a non-partisan celebration of the right to vote and a nationally-coordinated effort to register thousands of voters.  Unless, of course, you live in Kansas. 

While volunteers all over the…

Seeking Justice through the U.N. Human Rights Committee

Seeking Justice through the U.N. Human Rights Committee

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 10:13am

When the U.N. Human Rights Committee reviews U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) this October, the review will tackle many of the human rights violations plaguing Florida. Last week the committee released…

The Sad State of Solitary in Florida: Is There Hope for this Human Rights Violation?

The Sad State of Solitary in Florida: Is There Hope for this Human Rights Violation?

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 3:59pm

The world got a glimpse this week into how the United States treats those we lock in solitary confinement, when the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights heard ACLU testimonies on how our treatment of vulnerable prisoners violates international…

Sponsoring a Florida College Football Team Can’t Whitewash a Private Prison Company’s Atrocious Record

Sponsoring a Florida College Football Team Can’t Whitewash a Private Prison Company’s Atrocious Record

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project & Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 11:59am

In Florida, incarceration is big business. So is college football. There might be some twisted logic...

"Private Prisons Don’t Save Dollars and They Don’t Make Sense"

By Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, ACLU at 3:03pm

As Florida considers a bill that would create the largest private, for-profit incarceration system in the nation, some of the nation’s leading criminal justice experts joined me yesterday at a press conference outside the doors to the Florida…

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