Sonni Waknin is the Managing Law Fellow at the UCLA Voting Rights Project and a UCLA School of Law class of 2020 Graduate. Her focus in law school was in public interest law and was part of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Program. Sonni believes that to ensure an equitable democracy, elections must be free, fair, and devoid of systemic racism. Voting is the right that projects all other rights and must be defended. Sonni recently worked on the UCLA Voting Rights Project: Vote-By-Mail: Debunking the Myth of Voter Fraud in Mail Ballots, a report aimed at addressing the concerns associated with vote-by-mail programs. Sonni has wanted to be a voting rights litigator since she was in high school.
Sonni currently works on all of the VRP’s project areas and is especially involved in the litigation docket and vote by mail research. Previously, Sonni interned with the ACLU Voting Rights Project and for Common Cause’s National Redistricting Project.