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Caren Short Joins League of Women Voters as Director of Legal & Research

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WASHINGTON– The League of Women Voters is proud to announce Caren Short's appointment as director of legal and research. Caren joins the League’s growing Advocacy and Litigation team, where she will oversee and support the League’s state and federal legal strategy. She will also work to ensure that the League’s legislative and litigative strategies are aligned toward the mission, vision, and values of the organization. 

“We are excited to welcome Caren Short to the League’s litigation team as we continue our mission to fight all forms of voter suppression at the federal and state level,” said Celina Stewart, chief counsel and senior director of advocacy and litigation for the League of Women Voters. “The deep voting rights experience Caren brings advocating on behalf of underrepresented communities will be an asset as the League moves into our second century of work.” 

Prior to joining the League, Caren served as interim deputy legal director of Voting Rights at the Southern Poverty Law Center. There, she led a team of voting rights experts working across the Deep South to mobilize voters, restore voting rights to people with felony convictions, pursue state and federal policy reforms, and challenge discriminatory voting practices. Caren also worked as a staff attorney for the SPLC’s Economic Justice Project, served as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., and as a staff attorney in the Voter Protection Program of Advancement Project in Washington, DC.   

“I am thrilled to join the League of Women Voters at this critical time in the organization’s history and as we see increased attacks on voters, particularly communities of color and others who have been historically disenfranchised,” said Short. “I have represented the League as counsel and have a deep respect for the League as proactive plaintiffs, intervenors, and amici partners representing voters across the country. I look forward to deepening the League’s impact in communities facing and fighting barriers and obstacles to political participation.” 

Caren joins the League as the organization is at the forefront of growing its litigation portfolio of federal and state cases across the United States. 

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Press Contact: Shannon Augustus | 202-768-9578 | [email protected] 

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