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Election Lawyer Statement in Support of the People of Iran

Today, in response to recent events, including the Iranian election authority's announcement closing any inquiry into last month's election, a group of leading election law attorneys released the following statement in support of the people of Iran:


 Statement in Support of the People of Iran

As election lawyers, we wish to express our support for the People of the Islamic Republic of Iran and stand in solidarity with their desire for free, fair and honest elections.  Regardless of our individual political affiliations, we stand as one in support of the right of people everywhere to peacefully decide issues, form and direct their leadership and petition their own representative government through an unfettered ballot box.  We extend our warm wishes to the brave and good Iranian people as they debate and decide their own future of freedom.  We call upon all lawyers and all citizens to join with us to encourage a fair election and vote count in Iran. We know that this is their time, their debate and their decision. We know it is their decisions that must serve their needs, hopes and dreams. We want them to know that we are their Friends in Peace and Brothers and Sisters in Democracy. 

Jocelyn Benson
Assistant Professor of Law
Wayne State University

David A. Norcross
Blank Rome, LLP

Ben Griffith
Griffith and Griffith

Ryan Patrick Phair
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP

Candice Hoke
Associate Professor of Law
Cleveland State University

Trevor Potter
Former Commissioner and Chairman
Federal Election Commission 

John C. Keeney, Jr.
Hogan & Hartson

Raquel A. Rodriguez


Robert K. Kelner
Covington & Burling LLP

Harvey Tettlebaum
Lawyers Democracy Fund 

Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Bingham Consulting LLC

Hans von Spakovsky
Former Commissioner
Federal Election Commission

Colleen C. McAndrews
Former Commissioner
California Fair Political Practices Commission

Jack Young
Sandler, Reiff & Young. P.C.

Note: All titles and organizations are listed solely for informational purposes.

Contact: Justin Riemer - (202) 744-7317

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