Barbara Arnwine



Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition

Former Executive Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Barbara Arnwine is a lawyer and advocate for left-of-center causes through litigation and work on the board of several left-leaning organizations. Her main areas of interest are the criminal justice system, race-related litigation, healthcare, and LGBT issues. [1]


Barbara Arnwine is the former president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, president and founder of Transformative Justice Coalition, board vice-chair of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and on the board of directors for MomsRising and the African American Policy Forum. [2] She also works as a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School.

Arnwire also hosts a weekly talk radio program called Igniting Change with Barbara Arnwire and is a team member at the National Commission for Voter Justice. [3] Arnwire was one of the founding leaders of Election Protection, which is a partner of Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law, and was instrumental to the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act and the creation of the “Map of Shame,” a map showing districts with moderate to right-of-center voting laws. [4]


  1. “Barbara Arnwine.” Columbia Law School. Accessed June 03, 2019. ^
  2. “Barbara Arnwine.” Columbia Law School. Accessed June 03, 2019. ^
  3. “HOME.” Igniting Change. Accessed June 03, 2019. ^
  4. “Barbara Arnwine.” National Commission For Voter Justice. Accessed June 03, 2019. ^
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