3:30-4:15 Senator Rodney Ellis and Mimi Marziani: “Voting Rights Update”
Mimi Marziani is the new Executive Director of Texas Civil Rights Project. Since its founding, TCRP has become a civil rights leader in Texas and nationally. As the Austin American-Statesman recently reported, TCRP has brought more than 2,300 cases during its twenty-five year tenure — helping countless numbers of Texans and bringing about significant policy changes. Today, TCRP boasts a staff of dozens of high-caliber lawyers and other professionals with offices in Austin, Houston, El Paso, South Texas and the DFW metroplex.
Ms. Marziani has an extensive background in civil rights advocacy and nonprofit management, as well as expertise in election law. During the 2014 election, Ms. Marziani led the first coordinated, statewide voter protection program for Democratic candidates and groups in Texas. Before moving to Texas, Ms. Marziani spent several years as Counsel for the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she litigated election law cases in federal courts across the country, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. In that role, she worked to promote voting rights and regulate money in politics through legislative counseling, academic research and communications strategies.
Ms. Marziani has also served as a litigation associate of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she represented corporate clients in all types of complex civil litigations while maintaining an active pro bono practice. She clerked for Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, IV of the Southern District of New York. Ms. Marziani teaches “Election Law and Policy” at the University of Texas School of Law and serves on the NYU Board of Trustees. Ms. Marziani has also taught constitutional law at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy and at NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Ms. Marziani graduated cum laude from NYU School of Law, and received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.