Senior Attorney and Co-Program Director, Power and Democracy
Donita Judge is a senior attorney and Co-Program Director of Advancement Project’s Power & Democracy Program based in Washington, DC. Judge served as co-counsel representing the NC NAACP in the landmark North Carolina “monster” voter suppression case, NCNAACP v. McCrory, filed in 2013 on behalf of African-American and Latino voters against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina State Board of Elections. On July 29, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that the voter suppression law was enacted with racially discriminatory intent and permanently prohibited the law from being in effect. On appeal, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to reinstate the law for the November 2016 election.
Judge has provided extensive testimony to state and federal legislators on voter suppression tactics used throughout the country and challenged barriers to the ballot in every federal election in Ohio between 2004 and 2012. She was co-counsel in the successful 2012 Ohio provisional ballot lawsuit, SEIU v. Husted, which mandated Ohio count provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct due to poll worker error.
Judge was selected by her peers in 2013 as a “Top Wonk” for her expertise in Democracy issues and is a frequent guest on national television discussing voting rights. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named a 2016 Rutgers University Fellow and receiving the Rutgers Medal—the university’s highest nonacademic award—given to commemorate the university’s 250th anniversary.
Judge earned her Bachelor degree from Rutgers University, with highest honors, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. While earning her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, she was selected a NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., (LDF) Earl Warren Legal Scholar and was awarded the Judge J. Skelly Wright prize for greatest contribution to Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and Human Affairs upon graduation. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Michelle Hollar-Gregory in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Judge is a national board member of the ACLU and a member of the Morris County (NJ) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.