Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy.

Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy.

The Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association co-sponsored this free, virtual community event to honor the voting rights that expanded representative democracy in America. This video includes stories about ordinary people with extraordinary vision who fought to participate in our democracy and information about how everyone can exercise their right to vote in the 2020 election. This event was part of the inaugural Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service; Chief Justice Cady dedicated his legal career to public service.

Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy.

Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy. Presenters, in order of appearance.

This video is available for informational purposes only and does not serve as legal advice. The information presented is current as of the date of recording, October 23, 2020. The laws, policies and practices relating to voting rights may change. Please conduct your own research before taking action.

The speakers appear solely in their personal capacity. The views and opinions expressed do not represent the views of any of their past, present or future employers.

Jerry Schnurr III serves as the 2020-2021 Iowa State Bar Association President. His law firm is located in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Derek T. Muller graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2007. Upon graduation, Muller worked as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri. He then became an associate practicing litigation with Kirkland & Ellis L.L.P. of Chicago, Illinois from 2008 to 2010 before beginning his career in academia.

Muller has been a visiting professor at Penn State Law, the University of Iowa College of Law, and the University of Notre Dame Law School. In 2011 he became an Associate Professor at Pepperdine Law School and was granted tenure in 2017. Muller has taught courses in Election Law, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, and Evidence. He began teaching at Iowa Law in the Fall semester of 2020. 

For links to Muller's publications, essays, commentaries and additional work, click here

Henry Hamilton III is a federal Administrative Law Judge.  He has also served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Magistrate Judge for the State of Iowa' City Prosecutor for the City of Des Moines, Iowa; and as a private practitioner with the Parrish Law Firm, Des Moines, Iowa.  Hamilton is a voting rights enthusiast. He has served as an international election observer, and as a longtime member of the Election Protection coordinating committee.  

Hamilton is a 1988 graduate of Drake University, Des Moines, IA, and a 1992 graduate of Drake University Law School. He currently serves as Vice President of The Iowa State Bar Association. 

Emily Chafa is active in several national, state and local bar associations, including the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.), Polk County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, Blackstone Inn of Court and the ABA Judicial Division National Conference of Administrative Law Judiciary. Chafa received the Iowa Supreme Court Voice for Justice Award. To date, seven Iowa attorneys received the award for their support and contributions to the administration of justice.

Chafa serves as the ISBA Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee Chair. She enjoys learning and telling the stories of Iowa women trailblazers and other relatively unknown history makers. To view Chafa's presentation slides with information on the 19th Amendment, click here

Ashley Frazier graduated from Drake Law School and Drake College of Business and Public Administration, earning her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Administration. She practices currently as an attorney in the Des Moines area at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Frazier is also an Adjunct Professor in the Paralegal Studies program at Des Moines Area Community College. 

Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy. Resources for more information.

These resources are current as of the date of this recording or the date of publication. The laws, policies and practices relating to voting rights may change. Please conduct your own research before taking action.

Iowa Secretary of State

Voter Ready

Iowa League of Women Voters of Iowa

League of Women Voters (History)

League of Women Voters (Voting Rights)

League of Women Voters (Elections) 

Law Day 2020 - Celebrations and programs scheduled for May 1, Law Day, were canceled due to COVID-19. But, public education can continue to encourage everyone to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 election. You may use the resources from the American Bar Assocition to educate yourself and your family and friends:

“Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment: Honoring the important roles Iowa women played in the Woman's Sufferage Movement” by Emily Chafa, The Iowa Lawyer, Aug. 2020.

Strong Minded Women The Emergence of the Woman Suffrage Movement in Iowa, by Louise Noun (1969, Iowa State University Press)  

The Woman’s Hour The Great Fight to Win the Vote , by Elaine Weiss (2018, Penguin Books) 

Lifting as We Climb Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box , by Evette Dionne (2020,Viking)

Sisters, by Jean Baker (2005, Hill and Wang)

Roses and Radicals The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote, by Susan Zimet (2018,Viking)

Documentary: Carrie Chapman Catt Warrior for Women (IowaPBS)

Documentary: American Experience: The Vote

Documentary Series: Trail of Hope

The Andrew Goodman Foundation

History of Voting Rights in America: Constitutional Provisions and Federal Laws

TED - Ed: The Fight for the Right to Vote in the United States

Facing History and Ourselves
Bill of Rights Institute

Business Insider Article (includes Timeline of U.S. Voting Rights)




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