Ekow Yankah is a Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. As Co-Chair Mr. Yankah assists in coordinating projects and initiatives in the Downstate Region, as well as setting strategy for NYDLC as a whole. Mr. Yankah has experience working on and monitoring campaigns in New York and Illinois. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Constitutional Society and is a frequent speaker on topics that range from civil rights to campaign finance reform. Professor Yankah’s scholarship has appeared in a variety of law reviews and peer-reviewed legal theory journals with a focus on exploring the intersection of analytical jurisprudence, criminal law and political theory. Mr. Yankah holds a B.A from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and a B.C.L. (post graduate law degree) from Oxford.
Carol Schrager is an attorney who counsels and represents diverse individuals, corporate and insurance company clients in a wide-ranging private civil practice. In 2012, Ms. Schrager was part of the election protection operation run by a team of senior attorneys deployed to work within the Board of Elections in Cleveland, Ohio. During the election cycle prior to that, Ms. Schrager recruited, trained, coordinated and supervised a team of NYDLC volunteer attorney poll watchers embedded within the campaign headquarters of the incumbent Congressman in the upstate New York Congressional District where she herself had run for Congress in the special election in 2009. Ms. Schrager has hosted numerous successful fundraising events at her home for Congressional candidates from around the country. A long-time Director of the New York Women’s Bar Association and its charitable foundation (dedicated to the empowerment of female lawyers, judges and litigants), Ms. Schrager is a graduate of the Harvard Law School where she was an editor-in-chief of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.
Doug Dunham is Of Counsel at Quinn Emanuel, playing leadership roles in organizing and managing large teams of lawyers for briefing, legal issues, strategy and conduct of litigation at trial and on appeal in defending numerous individual cases and class actions brought against leading insurance, pharmaceutical and other companies and in coordinating with local counsel and trial teams in nationwide litigation. Doug has extensive experience in federal and state appellate practice. In addition, he has represented clients in federal securities, environmental, commercial, and employment litigation. Doug has engaged in extensive pro bono work including preparing and submitting amicus curiae briefs before the United States Supreme Court as Counsel of Record for organizations and individuals such as the Partnership of New York City, Inc., Members of the U.S. Congress, U.S. veterans associations, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Federal Defenders, and Families Against Mandatory Minimums.
Liza Abraham serves as Executive Director of NYDLC. She is a long-time Democratic activist and veteran of myriad political campaigns as a volunteer and professional organizer. She previously worked in crime victims’ compensation and rights implementation for the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety. In 2016, she relocated to Upstate New York, where her family has lived for over a century. There she became active in a variety of grassroots groups, seeking to advance Democratic and progressive causes in traditionally red counties.
Liza was the Western New York Regional organizer for the Democratic State Committee's 2018 Coordinated Campaign. She was embedded with the Brindisi for Congress campaign and worked directly with NYDLC on election day, and during the absentee ballot count that decided that election. Liza is a bilingual of Spanish and English, and passionate about issues of access, rights, and fairness.
Jarret Berg formerly served as Executive Director. He is a New York attorney with a passion for protecting and advancing civil and political rights. In 2018 he served as the Voter Protection Director of the NYS Coordinated Campaign.
Berg is focused on efforts to raise awareness about voting rights, the rule of law, and the need to safeguard human rights norms. He has worked in U.S. politics for several election cycles as a legal consultant, voter protection attorney, and constituency organizer. During 2016 and 2017, Berg served as New York's Democratic Voter Protection Director, organizing election monitoring efforts for federal, state, and local contests.
Since joining NYDLC in 2012, he has participated in election monitoring programs in New York, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and has trained hundreds of attorneys to help ensure that the rights of voters are not infringed. During the 2014 and 2015 legislative sessions, Berg served as legislative counsel to a lawmaker who championed voting rights and democracy reform issues in the New York State Assembly.
Apart from advocating to modernize U.S. elections and eliminate unnecessary barriers to political participation, Berg closely follows developments in U.S. foreign policy, international law, and human rights. Prior to returning to his New York roots in 2011, Berg studied international law in the U.K. and worked in The Hague, where he clerked for the Chambers of the International Criminal Court.
Berg holds an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge, a J.D. with high honors from New England Law | Boston, and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University.
Law Student Outreach Co-Chairs
Finance Committee Chair
Alex Voetsch, NYDLC's former Executive Director (2010-2015), joined the organization in the spring of 2010 with a focus on building NYDLC's presence across New York State and helping the organization achieve its legislative goals. He is currently a Partner at Millennial Strategies, a political consulting firm that focuses on electoral campaigns and multifaceted advocacy projects. Previously, Alex worked in governmental affairs for the Council of School Supervisors and Administrator where he focused on improving public education in New York City and across the state. Alex sits on the boards of the New Leaders Council, and organization dedicated to training the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs and of Women Elect, a group that prepares young women to run for office. Alex holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
In his new role as Finance Chair, Alex will help ensure that NYDLC continues to have the critical resources necessary to pursue its ambitious mission and can remain viable as it embarks on a second decade of protecting and advocating for the rights of voters.
Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chairs
John Owens, Jr. is a longtime NYDLC member who has served on the Minority Voting Rights Committee and Legislative Affairs Committee and participated in several election monitoring efforts as an voter protection trainer, Election Day monitor, and Boiler Room attorney. He brings a wealth of experience from his time working at the Board of Elections, and several other important roles.
Minority Voting Rights Committee Co-Chairs
Theodore Harris is an attorney who has spent his career helping the community through political activism. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, he has used his legal expertise to help communities both locally and nationally. During President Obama's first presidential campaign, Theodore worked as a Field Organizer in Virginia in order to help secure the much-needed electoral win. His hard work did not go unnoticed. When President Obama served his first-term, Theodore was asked to join the Executive Office of the President at The White House as an Associate. Throughout his time, he conducted research and helped vet Presidential Appointees. After leaving D.C. and returning home to New York City, Theodore joined The New York Democratic Lawyers Council, where he currently works hard to fight for his community via the Minority Voting Rights committee.
CLE Committee Chair