DaWuan Norwood - Advancement Project - Advancement Project

DaWuan Norwood

Legal Fellow, Power and Democracy

DaWuan Norwood (he/they) is a 2022 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he received his JD with a concentration in civil rights and constitutional law. Prior to law school, DaWuan attended Howard University (B.A., 2019), where they studied Political Science and Africana Studies.   

While in law school, DaWuan served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Moot Court Honor Society and served on the executive board of the Black Law Students Association. They also used their time in law school to expand their experience in civil rights, with a focus in voting rights, through internships at the ACLU Voting Rights Project, SPLC Voting Rights Practice Group, the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, and the NAACP Office of the General Counsel. In doing this work, DaWuan has had the opportunity to work on matters involving voting rights, rights restoration, policing reform and accountability, and to engage with community partners to further these efforts. Additionally, DaWuan served as a research assistant on an affirmative action research project and completed an independent research study on local redistricting and election methods. DaWuan was also the recipient of the 2022 Cardozo Service & Achievement Award in recognition of their commitment to public service.  

Prior to joining Advancement Project, DaWuan served as a Legal Fellow at Campaign Legal Center, working primarily with the Voting Rights and Redistricting teams. In this role, DaWuan was a part of the team that successfully challenged the constitutionality of a Kansas law prohibiting third party organizations from mailing absentee ballot applications to registered voters. DaWuan also played an active role in litigation brought under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Acts to challenge a racial gerrymander of the Galveston County Commissioners Court in Galveston, Texas.