LLS Votes 2020: Student Groups Team Up To Promote Election Engagement

Two dozen LMU Loyola Law School student organizations have joined forces as LLS Votes 2020 to galvanize student engagement in the upcoming General Election.

In keeping with the tradition first established in 2018, LLS will not hold classes on Election Day. Per its social justice and service mission, canceling classes allows students to volunteer as poll workers, educate themselves and the community on new voting procedures and issues on the ballot and most importantly, vote. These actions are considered to be legally authorized non-social activities that provide a permissible or essential service and are in compliance with local public health guidance.

The LMU Westchester Main Campus is now hosting a voting center and students can learn more about LMU's overarching election engagement campaign at listenengagevote.lmu.edu.  

Election Week Schedule

Monday, Oct. 12

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Wednesday, Oct. 14

  • 12 p.m.: Q&A with LA County District Attorney Candidate George Gascón moderated by Professor Samantha Buckingham
    • https://lmula.zoom.us/j/88105423306
    • Gascón has served as the former District Attorney for the city and county of San Francisco and was the former Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Mr. Gascón says he is running for District Attorney "to modernize LA’s criminal justice system." Professor Samantha Buckingham will moderate this event. CLS will provide a Google Form in advance of the event to gather questions for Mr. Gascón and select the most asked questions to begin the event. There will be space at the end of the event for additional questions.
    • Note: Incumbent LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been invited to this Q&A. 
  • 5 p.m.: State and Local Propositions Party Panel hosted by Professor Jessica Levinson, Environmental Law Society, Real Estate Law Society and the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). 
    • https://lmula.zoom.us/j/89792913431
    • This event will feature a deep dive into California Propositions 15 and 22, and provide students a platform to ask about all other state and local propositions. Speakers include Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Sarah Wiltfong (Los Angeles County Business Federation), Ben Grieff (Evolve California), and Rachel Michelin (California Retailers Association). Join us with questions for our speakers, and there will also be time at the end of the event for additional questions.

Thursday, Oct. 15

  • 12 p.m.: Open Discussion Panel on Women’s Issues hosted by Women in Entertainment Law Society
  • 6:30 p.m.: Movie Screening of Disclosure & a Conversation of LGBTQ+ Representation hosted by OUTLaw
    • Pop some popcorn, grab some candy, and join OUTLaw for a screening of Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen! This documentary focuses on depictions of the transgender community in Hollywood. The screening will accompany a discussion of the importance of voting for candidates and issues that impact the daily lives of transgender and queer people.
    • https://lmula.zoom.us/j/4697094137

Volunteer

All members of the local community, regardless of student status, can sign up to volunteer as an LA County Election Worker at this link.

LLS 2Ls and 3Ls can earn up to 23 hours of pro bono credit for volunteering on Election Day plus additional hours for volunteering throughout the week.

Download a time sheet and begin tracking your hours here.

As alternatives to working the polls, we're excited to offer these additional opportunities to our students:  

    • Volunteer as a poll monitor with AAAJ-LA and DRC* - interested students can sign up HERE
    • Volunteer for voter assistance hotline with We the Action* - interested students can sign up HERE
    • Volunteer from home as a textbanker or social media monitor with Common Cause *- interested students can sign up HERE

(*opportunity available to ALL students regardless of voter registration or immigration status.) 

Educational Resources

Vote

Check your voter registration for any state here.

Information on mail-in voting in California here.

Make a Donation

Alumni and other donors can make a donation to help LLS Votes 2020 cover the cost of student transportation, meals and t-shirts.

Participating Student Organizations

  • RJ/LA: Reproductive Justice Los Angeles
  • Evening Student Bar Association
  • Transfer Student Association
  • Business Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • GSLMU
  • Hospitality Law Club
  • Health Law and Bioethics Association
  • Loyola Sports Law Association
  • The Federalist Society
  • Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Women in Entertainment Law Society
  • Real Estate Law Society
  • Armenian Law Student Association
  • Day Student Bar Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • American Civil Liberties Union Loyola
  • La Raza de Loyola
  • Women's Law Association
  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • OUTLaw
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Criminal Law Society
  • Immigration Law Society